William Nicholson

20140116_215041_resized_2Now showing on The Grange red stairway is an exhibition of prints of William Nicholson’s paintings. Views of Rottingdean from the period when The Grange was his family home.

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Bright, Light and Colourful

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Karen Butterfill’s exhibition is called “Bright, Light and Colourful”….and it certainly is that! Working mainly in oils, her lively personality shines through in her beautiful, upbeat paintings of walks through the woods, observations of flowers and mushrooms and still lives and works from imagination. Her Red Car painting is evocative of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” and makes you want to hop in and drive!

Vince Donilini’s recent exhibition was a massive success with the sale of 4 original oil’s including an expressive portrait of, artist, poet, musician Billy Childish.

Vince gave a live demonstration of a painting of the village green in our William Nicholson gallery on Saturday 12th April.

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Putrefying Fecundity

painting demonstration 4 webThe Grange Gallery 3rd April – 15th April 2014

Vincent Donlin is largely self-taught, but was lucky enough to meet and be taught by the late visionary artist Donald Pass at Upbury Manor secondary school he later attended Medway college of Design and completed a foundation course.

From 1996 till 2008 Vincent painted pictures of religious subject matter. Since then he has painted numerous paintings of Brighton which are usually taken from photographs and painted portraits in various media including work on an iPad.

Most of all however he prefers “The putrefying fecundity of oil paint“ which brings us to his current exhibition.

These are painted on canvas or wood using an acrylic underpainting and building up the picture using linseed oil glazes and finished in oil paint.

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WindowOpening by William Shawcross
The Grange Museum
March 29th 2014 4.30-6.30

This exhibition, drawing on the archives from St Aubyns, given to the Society when the School closed last summer, is being opened by the distinguished author and Old Boy William Shawcross (tickets £5; £3 for RPS members). The Exhibition gives a tantalising glimpse of a world that few in the village were aware of, though the School dominated the High Street for over a century. The Exhibition has been supported in part by a generous donation from the Cothill Educational Trust.

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Painting and Companionship by the Peacehaven Art Club

ss (2014-03-13 at 03.57.07)The Grange Gallery 20th March – 1st April 2014

The exhibition is entitled ‘Painting and Companionship’ by the Peacehaven Art Club. Nearly all of the thirty-six members are showing at least one piece which will give the exhibition a fantastically varied and colourful array of different subjects to look at. Such mediums to look forward to are oils, watercolour, acrylic, pen and ink, pencil and even wood carving.
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Charming Flower Paintings by Betty Dunsmoore and the close of Nicholson’s ‘A Dandy at The Grange’ exhibition

2014-02-01 16.23.40_resizedThe Grange Gallery 6th March – 18th March 2013

A Dandy at The Grange” closed this week after a much praised exhibition of paintings and prints by it’s former resident Sir William Nicholson.

Nicholson had a long association with Rottingdean. After renting the former home of Edward Burne-Jones to produce a commissioned portrait of Rudyard Kipling, Nicholson fell in love with this village and promptly bought the old vicerage and re-named it The Grange. Making it his summer residence with his artist wife Prydie and four young children (who included his son Ben Nicholson whose career as a modernist painter somewhat over-shadowed that of his father in the 1930/40′s).

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The Grange Art Gallery 2014

William NicholsonA new series of 18 exhibitions in the newly named Nicholson Art Gallery starts with the man himself. “Artist William Nicholson’s private life may appear more colourful than his atmospheric paintings of our Sussex Downs or his finely crafted wood-cut portraits” exclaims enthusiast Robert Cross who helped compile this exhibition. Nicholson’s association with Rottingdean lasted from 1897-1923. From his first meeting with Rudyard Kipling to his purchasing the old vicarage and re-naming it The Grange.

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Dora Bryan – Miss Showbusiness – A Celebration!

DORA BRYAN EXHBITION PORTRAITStar of stage, film, TV and radio Dora Bryan OBE now 91 years young has been acting since she was 12 and remains one of the nations best loved actresses. In 1962 she won the British Film Academy Award for her performance in the film A Taste of Honey. More recently she appeared in the BBC’s Last of the Summer Wine and Absolutely Fabulous. Drawing on Dora Bryan’s personal archive and told in her own words we are pleased to be able to present a fascinating retrospective of her illustrious career.

Opens September 14th 2013
Runs till April 2015
Open: Mon to Fri 10.30am to 4.30pm, Sat 10.30am to 4.30pm, Sun 1.30pm to 4.30pm. Closed Wed. Admission Free

The Grange tel: 01273 301004

For more in-depth information on Dora along with audio and video please see our dedicated Dora Bryan page.

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December 2013 at The Grange Art Gallery

20131222_144356_resizedDecember at The Grange Art Gallery was a full of colour and inspiration for all the family to enjoy. It included a magnificient dolls house created from scratch by Doreen Savage. Wonderful paintings by Corina Stupu Thomas and Orna Schneerson Pascal. Puppets and theatres to entertain by Philip Sugg. And ballet paintings by me, Amanda Davidson.

Our steward Annieta enjoyed a little dance with dance choreographer Mim King!

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More On Smugglers Night At The Grange

20131208_111625_resizedSmugglers Night was a roaring success at The Grange. With our Artists Open House Art exhibition in full flow, the museum became a temporary venue the children.

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