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On May 27, 2017 John Betjeman‘s son Paul left a message on one of my posts announcing his son Timothy’s upcoming art exhibition at Marlborough College in Wiltshire.

My English readers who live nearby might be interested in attending.

Paul Betjeman informs us:

the opening is June 9th 6-9pm at the Mount House gallery at Marlborough College.

His son Timothy’s exhibition runs from June 10 through to June 25 (inclusive). You can read more about it on Timothy’s website.

Timothy has been Marlborough’s Artist in Residence over the past year. He enjoys painting in the college chapel and explained in February (emphasis in the original):

I decided early on in my time at Marlborough that I would like to paint regularly in the Chapel.  I knew that my grandfather, Sir John Betjeman (B2 1920-25), had enjoyed spending time there, and had seen it as something of a refuge from the trials of student life. There is a sense, upon entering and shutting the wooden doors behind you, that one has entered a space related to, but many miles away from the outside.

The Chapel does not take in a huge amount of natural light, so that when it is empty, the only indications of time passing, are occasional creaks from the wooden pews and the minutely changing colour of the chancel windows, which start off in the morning as a very pale blue, and by the evening have turned an aqueous green.  I have several paintings in progress, all created from the same spot in the back centre of the chapel, and a half-dozen etchings, which I work on after dark under electric light, or when I am too tired to paint.  Collectively, these represent sections of the day, and different architectural and decorative features coming into relief.  As the sun moves and colour relations change above the altar, I set down one painting and resume work on another.  I don’t like working from photographs because you miss all this.  The rituals and cycles of a place: visual, musical, religious and secular.  Painting is itself a ritual, and one which I have found harmonises well with that of the church.

Timothy Betjeman’s work is now complete. His website has a catalogue of what will appear at the exhibition. His paintings reflect a plein-air style. His etchings are stunning.

The Marlborough article explained that he also taught art classes and that they were delighted to have him as Artist in Residence:

Alongside Tim’s regular teaching of a range of art practices to our Art Scholars and Option classes, he has welcomed pupils visits to his studio space and the Chapel. Most recently, a Remove Art class were greatly impressed by the expressive mark-making, detail and application of colour that Tim achieves within his current oil paintings. Our pupils asked Tim many questions relating to his gestural painting techniques and particular interest in studying the Chapel’s altar.

It is a pleasure to have Tim within the College community this academic year, and we look forward to further creative interactions throughout the remainder of his residency.

I wish him all the best with his exhibition and future endeavours.

I would also like to thank his father for sending in the links.

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