Thirty artists’ work featured in Norwich exhibition celebrating the life of John Berger

Artist John Christie and Mandell's Gallery manager, Rachel Allen, with the exhibition Seeing Through

Artist John Christie and Mandell's Gallery manager, Rachel Allen, with the exhibition Seeing Through Drawing, A Celebration of John Berger, looking at some of the sketchbooks which will be on show, with some of Berger's work in the background. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

More than 30 artists are exhibiting work in a special show at a Norwich gallery celebrating the life of John Berger.

Artist John Christie at the exhibition he proposed to put together, Seeing Through Drawing, A Celebr

Artist John Christie at the exhibition he proposed to put together, Seeing Through Drawing, A Celebration of John Berger, at the Mandell's Gallery in Elm Hill, pictured with some of John Berger's work on the right wall. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Seeing Through Drawing - which is at Mandell's Gallery in Elm Hill from July 8 until August 26 - is a tribute to Mr Berger, a writer and artist with a passionate love of drawing and who died earlier this year aged 90. Mr Berger was well known for his books, critical writings and television programmes on art including the BBC series Ways of Seeing, and he also won the Booker Prize for his novel G in 1972.

Suffolk artist John Christie, one of his long-time collaborators, has joined forces with fellow artist Martin Battye, a member of the Norwich 20 Group, and Mandell's Gallery to present the exhibition which includes works on paper from different periods of Mr Berger's life and also works by contemporary artists who either knew and collaborated with him or were influenced both by his critical writings and novels over the years.

There are an array of drawings by Mr Berger's contemporaries, Frank Auerbach, Peter de Francia, Leon Kossoff, Robert Medley, and Edward Middleditch.

Other artists featured in the exhibition include: Yvonne Barlow, Martin Battye, Basil Beattie, Yves Berger, Liane Birnberg, Michael Broughton, John Christie, Katarzyna Coleman, Graham Crowley, Laurence Edwards, Kate Giles, Maggi Hambling, Jane Harris, Bridget Heriz, Eileen Hogan, Annabel Gault, Derrick Greaves, John Kiki, Rostislav Kunovsky, Jules Linglin, Randa Maddah, Derek Morris, Hughie O'Donoghue, Emrys Parry, Doff Ransome, Sula Rubens, Colin Self, Bruer Tidman, Emyr Williams and Mary Webb.

Artist John Christie at the exhibition he proposed to put together, Seeing Through Drawing, A Celebr

Artist John Christie at the exhibition he proposed to put together, Seeing Through Drawing, A Celebration of John Berger, at the Mandell's Gallery in Elm Hill, pictured with some of John Berger's son Yves' work, left. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017


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A book has also been created to accompany the exhibition.

For more information about the exhibition, visit www.mandellsgallery.co.uk

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