Thelwell show rides into town

May 11, 2009 in General

The Chris Beetles Gallery in London is hosting The Definitive Thelwell from this Wednesday (May 13) until June 6, the first selling show of work by Norman Thelwell in 20 years.

Thelwell is best remembered for his fat ponies and their long-suffering young riders, but he was a wide-ranging artist, who tackled many subjects for many papers and magazines, including Punch, with which he developed a close relationship over 25 years.

He had a strong understanding of the British character, and may be considered the post-war heir to Pont of Punch. From estate agents to battery farmers, hunt protesters to harassed motorists, Thelwell chronicled the minutiae of our lives.

An accomplished landscape painter, Thelwell produced detailed, naturalistic settings for lively, comic figures that represent what he called, “the endearing lunacy of human behaviour”. The Definitive Thelwell provides a comprehensive cross-section of this work, with more than 150 drawings and watercolours. The show includes landscapes and seascapes as well as cartoons.

The Chris Beetles Gallery, at 8 and 10 Ryder Street, St James’s, London (nearest Tube Green Park or Piccadilly Circus) is open Monday to Saturday, 10am – 5.30pm.

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2 responses to Thelwell show rides into town

  1. Ed said on May 11, 2009

    This show qualifies for the unmissable tag if you are anywhere near London while it is on. Thelwell made particularly fantastic watercolour paintings, rich in detail and in attention to quality art.

  2. And no other artist has managed “cute” so well. Thousands of horse and pony types buy Thelwell for “cute”, quite possibly failing to see the wonderful, often minimal but always telling DRAWING in his work.

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