Exhibition celebrating the career of Laura Knight
Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970) was one of the twentieth century’s most prolific British artists. Her career spanned nearly eighty years and the extraordinary breadth of her talent encompassed a huge variety of subjects, techniques and styles. Her achievements included being the first ever elected female Royal Academician, a highly acclaimed War Artist and being made a Dame of the British Empire.
The exhibition is an overview of Knight’s entire career and focuses on several different themes; beginning with her early years, the flowering of her work in Cornwall before the First World War, through her portraiture and on to her later years in Malvern. Her 1930s designs for china and glass are included, as are her posters for London Transport and LNER. There are powerful paintings of women working during the Second World War, and her deeply affecting painting of the Dock at the Nuremburg War Trials. Her work on ballet, theatre and circus subjects stress her passion for back-stage life and her deep respect for performers.