Dr. Gabriele Magnani

Art Critic - Curator - Journalist - Writer

John Lessore

1939 Born in London
1957-61 Studied at the Slade School of Fine Art
1961 Abbey Minor Travelling Scholarship to Italy
1965-99 Taught at the Royal Academy Schools
1978-86 Taught at the Norwich School of Art
1982 Selected Serpentine Summer Show
1987 Painter in residence at Byam Shaw School of Art
1991 Korn Ferry International Award, Nomination and joint first prizewinner
1994 The Jerwood Prize, Nomination
1996-97 Andersen Consulting Fine Art Commission
1999 Portrait Commission of Jeremy Dixon and Edward Jones
2001- Teaching at the Prince's Drawing School (formally The Prince's Foundation)
2002-04 Portrait Commission of six members of the British Paralympic Team
2003- Appointed Artist Trustee of the National Gallery, London
2006 The Lynn Painter-Stainers' Competition, First Prize and Gold Medal
Lives and works in London, East Anglia and France

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1965 Beaux Arts Gallery, London
1969 Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
1971 New Art Centre, London
1981 Theo Waddington, London
1983 Stoppenbach & Delestre, London
1985 Stoppenbach & Delestre, London
1986 The Sternberg Centre for Judaism, London
1990 Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London
1994 Theo Waddington & Robert Stoppenbach, London
1995 Solomon Gallery, Dublin
1997 Theo Waddington Fine Art, London
Miriam Shiell Fine Art, Toronto
1999 Wolsey Art gallery, Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich
National Portrait Gallery, London
2000 Ranger's House, London
2002 Berkeley Square Gallery in association with Gillian Jason Modern & Contemporary Art
2004 Annely Juda Fine Art, London
Chappel Galleries, Colchester
2005 Annandale Galleries, Sydney, Australia

Selected Group Exhibitions

1967 English Painting
1951-67, Norwich Castle Museum
1968 Helen Lessore and the Beaux Arts Gallery, Marlborough Fine Art, London
1976 The Human Clay, Hayward Gallery, London, and tour
(Arts Council of Great Britain touring exhibition)
1977 Greater London Picture Show, London
1978 Spirit of London Exhibition, London (Prizewinner)
1980 Pictures for an Exhibition, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
1981 Drawings and Watercolours by 13 British Artists,
Marlborough Fine Art, London
1982 The John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 13, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, (Prizewinner)
Hayward Annual, Hayward Gallery, London
1983-84 Interiors, Anne Berthoud Gallery, London
1984 The Hard-Won Image, Tate Gallery, London
1984-85 The Proper Study: Contemporary Figurative Paintings from Britain,
British Council tour, New Delhi and Bombay
1985 A Singular Vision, Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter, and tour
In their Circumstances, Lincoln Art Gallery, and tour
1985-86 Rocks and Flesh, Norwich School of Art Gallery, Norwich, and tour
1986 Seven British Artists: Figure and Landscape, Edward Totah Gallery, London
Robin Campbell Memorial Exhibition, Smiths Galleries, London
American/European Painting and Sculpture, L.A. Louver, Venice, California
1987 Image in Line, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, New York
Flowers, Anne Berthoud Gallery, London
1987-88 British Figurative Painting: A Matter of Paint, Pamela Auchinloss Gallery, Santa Barbara California and tour
1987-89 Experience of Landscape, (Arts Council of Great Britain)
Derby Art Gallery, and tour
1988 A Personal Choice, selected by Jeffery Camp,
Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London
The British Picture, L.A. Louver, Venice, California
1988-90 Past and Present (Arts Council of Great Britain)
Manchester City Art Gallery and tour
1989 School of London: Works on Paper, Odette Gilbert Gallery, London
Salute to Turner, The National Trust's Foundation for Art, Thos. Agnew & Sons, London
1990 The Pursuit of the Real: British Figurative Painting from Sickert to Bacon, Manchester City Art Gallery, Barbican Art Gallery, London, and Glasgow City Art Gallery
The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
1991 Critic's Choice, Giles Auty, Beaux Arts, Bath
Works on Paper, Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London
Cabinet Paintings, Gillian Jason Gallery, London, and tour
1993 Contemporary British Portraits, Real & Imagined, Gillian Jason Gallery
Shared Exhibition with Michael Fell, Comteroux, Perpignan,
1993-94 Drawings on these Shores, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, and tour
1994 The Wilkie Gift, Tate Gallery, London
1995 Theo Waddington Fine Art, London
1996 Theo Waddington Fine Art, London
1997 British Figurative Art, Flowers East, London
1999 Landscape and The Imagination, The Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture, London
2000-01 The School of London and Their Friends: The collection of Elaine and Melvin Merians.
Yale Centre for British Art and Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York
2002 Small is Beautiful, Flowers East, London
2003 Different Landscapes, Artspace Gallery, London
2004 Visions of London, Artspace Gallery, London
2005 The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
2006 The Lynn Painter-Stainers' Prize, Painters' Hall, London
2008 Mediterraneo: a Sea that Unites, London

Public collections:

Accenture, London
Arthur Andersen, London
Arts Council of Great Britain, London
Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo
Ben Uri Art Society, London
British Council, London
British Museum
Contemporary Art Society
Eastern Arts Association
Government Art Collection
Guildhall Art Gallery, London
Leicestershire Education Committee
Lethbridge University, Alberta, Canada
Manchester City Art Gallery
National Portrait Gallery, London
Newport Art Gallery, Wales
Norwich Castle Museum
Rationalist Press Association, London
Royal Academy of Arts, London
Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter
Sternberg Centre for Judaism, London
Swindon Museum & Art Gallery
Tate Gallery, London
Westminster Hospital, London
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

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Cephalus and Procris - 2006/7 - Oil on canvas 36 x 40.6

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Atalanta 2006 Oil on canvas 40.6 x 50.8 cm


John Lessore