Eardley Knollys (1902-1991), Selected works from The Studio Estate, until 26th April, Messum’s Fine Art, 8 Cork Street, London W1
Eardley Knollys was an artist, art dealer and a National Trust Regional Representative – he features in James Lees-Milne’s diaries – they were long-time friends. He started dealing in pictures in 1936 as a director of the Storran Gallery, which was originally opposite Harrods, and he ran it for eight years.
He started painting in the late 1950s and although rather independent in style – he did not train as an artist – one can see elements of the Bloomsbury School in some of his works. He had his first solo show in 1960. His works have a bravado use of colour and Duncan Grant said they showed “such courageous enthusiasm… [Knollys] is one of the purest painters I know.”
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