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Welcome to our latest exhibition at Jobling Gowler Solicitors which will be on display until 5th October 2018.

When Sue Astles, the niece and custodian of Harry Ousey’s legacy, approached Jobling Gowler at the beginning of this year to request that we host this Retrospective of her uncle’s work, we were delighted to accept.

Whilst a break from the norm, we jumped at the chance to exhibit work from a post-modernist artist decribed as “very important in the 20th Century scene”.

In an exhibition at Salford Art Gallery in 1948, his work was chosen by L S Lowry together with its director at the time, Mr E Frape, whilst Falmouth Art Gallery states his work “ranks alongside the highest achievements of the St. Ives School”

Professor Allan Livingston, CBE, who is acknowledged by the Design Council for transforming the University College Falmouth into one of the most highly respected institutes for Art, Design, Media and Performance, stated:

Harry Ousey was a very significant artist, writer and teacher. He was very much ahead of his time and helped an emerging generation of artists to reject the narrowness of British Art in Post War Era and to reflect on a new way forward. The breadth and depth of his thinking is truly remarkable.

Sue Astles has very kindly agreed to donate 25% of all sales to the Macclesfield branch of Arthritis Research UK. The charity invests in breakthrough treatments, giving the best information and vital support for everyone affected by arthritis. They say: We believe that by harnessing the power of exceptional science we can overcome the pain, isolation and fatigue arthritis causes.

I do hope that you will enjoy the exhibition. If you would like to be included on our guest list for forthcoming exhibitions, please speak to reception.

You are more than welcome to look at the exhibits both in the main reception area and in the adjoining consulting rooms. As this is a working office for both Jobling Gowler Solicitors and the clients of Park Lane Consulting Rooms, there will be occasions when unfortunately you are unable to access all the rooms where exhibits are displayed. Please therefore only enter rooms where the doors are open. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Simon Gowler
Senior Partner

Introduction to the catalogue by Peter Davies, Art Historian and Writer

Assurance of paint handling and a freedom to simplify and indeed abstract from natural landscape motifs characterise Manchester born Harry Ousey’s landmarks like hill profiles, tidal marks in sand or dry stone walls, chimed with abstracting modern Cornish art in general and with the work of Scott, Lanyon, Frost, Hilton or Barns-Graham in particular.

Centred on the celebrated colony of St. Ives, these artists were natural bedfellows for a Northern artist who, despite his decided origins, became a peripatetic figure. He variously lived in London where is studied architecture and served in the army, Cornwall, Derbyshire, the Cotswolds and France, dying in 1985, aged 70 in Marseilles.

The late Brian Stewart, the recipient of a large body of Ousey’s work on behalf of Falmouth Art Gallery spoke of his “masterly” watercolour skills. Whilst living in a short lived enclave at Kinder, High Peak after the War, Ousey developed a fluent watercolours style that while indebted to friend Terry Mc Glynn, anticipated the uninhibited gesturalism of his later abstract work. This gesturalism was not formed from an existential void, however, Ousey always using residual and memorised landscape experiences in his art.

Armed with this technique, Ousey confidently evolved during the 1950-1970 period in concert with both the landscape, orientated St Ives “school” and with the French informalism and Tachism from the later school of Paris. He enjoyed West End shows at the Lincoln, Drian and Mercury galleries during that vital period, which won plaudits in “Arts Review” from fellow painters, the informalist painter reviewer Denis Bowen and the Surrealist Conroy Maddox. Their verdict was that Ousey was “basically an expressionist”.

The happy occurrence of a solo show at Salford Art Gallery coming 30 years after his death celebrates an early show of local Lancashire artists in 1948 at the same venue.