What's On: Art against loneliness at Kettle's Yard
There’s a particular poignancy to the latest exhibition at Kettle’s Yard, Alfred Wallis Rediscovered. Taking up painting in his 70s, to salve his loneliness in the wake of his wife’s death, Wallis’s story strikes a chord in these socially distanced times.
‘Discovered’ in 1928 by artists Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood, the Cornish fisherman’s primitive, self-taught style drew unexpected attention - and critical praise - from the art world, and Kettle’s Yard founder Jim Ede was both a fan and a collector of his work.
Along with the Wallis paintings always on show at the Cambridge house-turned-gallery, Rediscovered will display some 60 usually-archived paintings and drawings, plus Wallis’s letters and sketchbooks, three of which haven’t been on public view for 50 years.
Alfred Wallis Rediscovered runs from now until January 3 2021. Kettle’s Yard is at Castle Street, Cambridge. Visitors should book a timed ticket at kettlesyard.co.uk
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