February 2019

Norman Wilkinson – A Dazzling Artistic Career

Welcome to The Arts Society Gravesend
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 11:00
The Masonic Hall
25 Wrotham Road Gravesend DA11 0PA

 Explore the work of Wilkinson and his dazzle scheme that continues to inspire art and design today

In 1917 Wilkinson (1878-1971), a first-rate painter and poster designer, invented Dazzle ‘camouflage’. Thousands of British and Allied ships were painted with vivid and violently contrasting patterns of colour to deter U-boat attacks. Discover the life and work of Wilkinson and his Dazzle scheme that continues to inspire art and design. Was it really inspired by Cubism, Futurism and Vorticism? 


Dr James Taylor

Studied at the Universities of St Andrews and Manchester, and is a former curator of paintings, drawings and prints, and co-ordinator of various exhibitions and galleries, at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, also lecturer and ships' historian on board cruise ships. Publications include illustrated histories of Marine Painting (1995) and yachting art Yachts on Canvas (1998), The Voyage of the Beagle: Darwin’s extraordinary adventure aboard FitzRoy’s famous survey ship (2008), Careless Talk Costs Lives: Fougasse and the Art of Public Information (2010) and Your Country Needs You: the Secret History of the Propaganda Poster (2013). Completed his PhD at the University of Sussex in 2015 on the voyager artist William Westall (1781-1850) who sailed with Commander Matthew Flinders aboard HMS 'Investigator' (1801-1803) the first ship to circumnavigate Australia. Guided tours of the buildings and artworks of the National Maritime Museum can be arranged for groups.

Curator of Dazzle: Disguise and Disruption in War and Art at St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery in Lymington, Hampshire which runs until 23 September https://www.stbarbe-museum.org.uk/whats-on/current-exhibition.php

Additional address: 4, Chesterfield Close, Canford Cliffs, Dorset, BH13 7DL