Anthony Twentyman: Art meets nature

Visitors to Anthony Twentyman exhibition at Dudmaston Hall in Shropshire

Dudmaston has always been a place where local artists and craftspeople come to find inspiration in nature and to interpret the beauty of the views and surrounding landscape. To continue this tradition, a new exhibition, 'Art meets nature', features paintings and sculptures by Anthony Twentyman and highlights his role as one of Dudmaston's closest artistic influencers.

'Art meets nature' - now fully open

After months of closure and delays, we're really pleased to be able to bring 'Arts meets nature', a new exhibition featuring paintings and sculpture by Anthony Twentyman, to the Galleries and grounds at Dudmaston Hall. 

As well as Twentyman's works from our own collection, the exhibition features some of Twentyman's paintings, kindly loaned to us by Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

Entry to the Galleries is by timed ticket. Collect your tickets from reception when you arrive. Please note, pre-booked tickets to the property do not automatically guarantee you entry to the Galleries. 

" The three most important things in life are art, friends and one's health."
- Anthony Twentyman

Who was Anthony Twentyman?

Twentyman himself was an avid collector of British 20th century art. His personal art collection went to Wolverhampton Art Gallery in 1991. The core of the collection is an important group of paintings, drawings and unusually, ceramics by John Piper, who was a close friend of Twentyman.

Anthony Twentyman constructing the Spaceframe at Dudmaston Hall
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Anthony Twentyman constructing the Spaceframe at Dudmaston Hall

 

Twentyman at Dudmaston

Born in nearby Wolverhampton in 1906, Twentyman played a big part in what makes Dudmaston special and surprising. 

Twentyman's sculpture The Watcher looks across the pool at Dudmaston Hall
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Twentyman's sculpture The Watcher looks across the pool at Dudmaston Hall

Sir George Labouchere, husband to Lady Rachel, Dudmaston's last owner, was a keen collector of Modern Art. He commissioned Twentyman, a local artist and close friend from nearby Claverley, to design some sculptures for the garden and Galleries at Dudmaston in the late 1960s and early 70s.

Twentyman was fascinated by texture, light and shade and natural form. He used bones, pebbles and water to inspire the shapes used in his sculpture.

The Four Seasons by Anthony Twentyman
Exhibition of works by Anthony Twentyman at Dudmaston Hall in Shropshire
The Four Seasons by Anthony Twentyman