Obituary for John Ivor Stewart ADAE PPPS FSBA

PS John Ivor Stewart

 It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of John Ivor on the 1st July 2017.

He studied at Belfast College of Art 1956-60, Reading University for his ATD in 1960, and later the Cardiff College of Art for his ADAE 1973-74. He was a founder member of the Society of Botanical Artists 1982, and was elected a member of the Pastel Society in 1987. He won the Major Prize as a non-member in 1986 and twice again as a member in 1992 and 1997.

In his time as a member of our Society, he served as Honorary Treasurer and Membership Secretary, and was elected President 2009-12. Until this year he held the post of Education Officer for the Pastel Society. He retired from full-time teaching Art at Frensham Heights in 1990.

Despite increasing ill health and surgery he continued to play a vigorous role in the Societies' activities and made frequent trips to France were he helped to encourage liaison with the French Pastel Society. He won the 'Grand Prix de Peinture X1e Festival European des Art et de La Poesie' at La Seine-sur-Mer, Var, Provence in 1999.

His paintings in the Societies' exhibitions were un-inhibited and full of passion, showing his admiration for women and his love of flowers. In conversations he often expressed sadness at the disengagement from the voluptuousness in certain aspects of British art.

He was pre-deceased by his wife Jenny with whom he grew his garden and collected paintings and ceramics.

John Ivor was born in Northern Ireland Co Antrim in July 1936.

He will be sadly missed by all his friends in the Society. We will miss his lovely long telephone chats which covered a multitude of subjects and much gentle humour. John Ivor always deflected inquiries about his own health with the question 'BUT how are YOU?' 

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After studying Art & Design at Sutton & Cheam School of Art and a guest scholarship to the Royal Academy Schools, Jenny went on to train as a medical artist, illustrating surgery and anatomy. She worked in London Teaching Hospitals, before turning freelance and publication work in both medicine and natural history.

Breaking away from this discipline over a decade ago to return to the freedom of painting and developing her own work as well as teaching.

Societies:

The Pastel Society
Chelsea Arts Society

Scholarships, Awards, Prizes:

Caran D'Ache Award 2017

Exhibitions:

Pastel Society, Mall Galleries, London
Reading Guild of Artists
Henley Guild of Arts & Crafts
Whiteknights Studio Trail
Art in Hospital RBH
Chelsea Art Society
Regatta – Henley
John Noott Gallery, July 2017

Solo Exhibitions:

'The Artist's Year in the Harris Garden' – at the Museum of English Rural Life, Reading – 24 May - 30 June 2013

Silchester – Life on the Dig
at the Old Fire Station Gallery, Henley-on-Thames
Saturday 24 October - Tuesday 3 November 2015

Articles & Publications:

Pushing the Limits – Jenny Halstead
by Anne Hevener, The Pastel Journal (USA) – December 2011

Large, Loose and Colourful – Jenny Halstead
by Ken Gofton, The Artist - March 2012

The Not So Secret Garden – Jenny Halstead
Berkshire Life – May 2013

An Artist in the Garden – Jenny Halstead
The Artist – May 2013

'The Artist's Year in the Harris Garden' – published by Two Rivers Press – May 2013

Invited Artist in Residence – Silchester excavation
(The Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum)

Silchester - Life on the Dig
by Jenny Halstead & Michael Fulford
published by Two Rivers Press, October 2015

Artist invited to record a year in the life of The High Sheriff of Berkshire 'A Chain of Office' 2016/2017

Website:

http://www.jennyhalstead.co.uk/ 

     


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