The New English Art Club – Then and (Mostly) Now


The New English Art Club was founded in 1886 as a society to promote the French influence in British art, and as an alternative to the Royal Academy. Early members include the Glasgow Boys, the Newlyn School and the London Impressionists.

After a brief historical introduction, I look at the paintings of contemporary members of NEAC including Ken Howard, Bernard Dunstan, Diana Armfield, Peter Kuhfeld, Fred Cuming, Tom Coates and Ruth Stage. I show how all their work is based on fine draughtsmanship.

I know all these artists personally and have written about all of them in articles and books. This is a lecture which restore your confidence in modern art.