Sargy Mann (1937-2015)
Dorset Beach and Sea, September 1971
Signed, old galley label verso
Oil on board
10 x 12 inches
Provenance: Cadogan Contemporary,
Tate and Lyle Corporate Collection,
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A very fluid oil sketch of the Dorset coast with some wonderful flourishes to the sky. Sargy's parents lived in a cottage in Chideock between Bridport and Lyme Regis in the 1970s; Sargy produced a number of vibrant plein air studies from this time.
With thanks to Peter Mann at the Sargy Mann Archive for his help in cataloguing this painting.
Sargy Mann was born in Hythe, Kent in 1937. He studied at the Camberwell School of Art and then returned to the school as a lecturer from 1969-1988. He held a number of other academic and curatorial positions including, co-curator of the "Bonnard at le Bosquest" exhibition at the Hayward Gallery ( 1994) and Visiting lecturer at the Prince's Drawing School (1999-2008). He exhibited extensively at the Royal Academy, Royal College of Art and the Mall Galleries.
Sargy was diagnosed with cataracts at the age of 36 and ultimately lost his sight but continued to paint and exhibit to astonishing effect for the last 25 years of his life.