June 2019

Augustus John: King of Bohemia

Welcome to The Arts Society Uckfield, Lewes & Newick
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 14:30
Weald Hall
Uckfield Civic Centre Uckfield TN22 1AE

The archetypal bohemian artist

A larger than life character, Augustus John was the archetypal bohemian artist. Wild, promiscuous and an early new age traveller he became the top portrait painter of his generation.

Whilst still a student at the Slade, Augustus John suffered a severe accident when he hit his head on a rock diving into the sea. This seemed to bring about a radical change of character and he became known for his mood swings, womanizing and artistic talent.

An early encounter with Irish tinkers led to a life long fascination with Romany culture and way of life.

In 1903 John fell hopelessly in love with Dorothy McNeill, an obsession that was to last sixty years and as he was already married, a ménage à trois was formed.

This lecture tells the fascinating story of John’s unusual lifestyle and his loves that made him the artist he was.


Ms Jennifer Toynbee-Holmes

Jennifer Toynbee-Holmes is an experienced guide at Tate Britain and Tate Modern and lectures at various art societies and institutions. She has a special interest in British and European art of the late 18th, 19th and early 20th century. Having gained an MA in film and television practice, Jennifer had a long-standing career spanning twenty years as a television producer/director making documentaries and factual programmes for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. She was also a visiting lecturer at Goldsmiths College and Birkbeck, University of London and a senior lecturer at Southampton Solent University in the Faculty of Media, Arts and Society.