Publication March 2021
Orders will be fulfilled upon publication
- The first comprehensive overview of this highly prolific, yet relatively unknown, twentieth-century British painter
- Text by Philip Vann places Gommon’s work within the wider context of his times and radical currents of contemporary art.
Born into a working-class family in London’s Battersea, David Gommon first studied art at the local Polytechnic when he was sixteen. Aged nineteen, he was taken up by Lucy Carrington Wertheim – the London-based gallerist renowned for adventurously showing work by Christopher Wood, Frances Hodgkins and gifted naive artists – who gave him his first exhibition.
Aided by insights from the artist’s own evocative writings, Philip Vann’s text intricately examines the development of Gommon’s predominantly landscape art – infused with mystical delicacy of colour and subtle audacity of composition that often tends towards surrealism – rooted latterly in the paradisical surroundings of the Northamptonshire village of Hardingstone where he and his wife Jean lived for several decades.