Jeffery Camp: The way to Beachy Head
“…the greatest exhibition of Jeffery Camp’s work… [it is] touching, beautiful and wonderful, and I am thrilled to see it here.” Norman Rosenthal, critic, curator and art historian
The Way to Beachy Head marks Jeffery Camp RA’s 90th year and celebrates a body of work inspired by the landscape of coastal Sussex, particularly the dramatic chalk coastline where the South Downs meets the sea.
Over his prolific career, Camp has established himself as one of the most accomplished British artists of his generation. He has been an RA since 1984 and had a major retrospective there in 1988. Art critic, Andrew Lambirth describes his paintings and drawings as ‘remarkably generous statements about the world, full of love and sensuality and a singular appreciation of beauty’.
Camp’s preoccupation with landscape and the natural elements emerged during his early studies at the Lowestoft and Ipswich Schools of Art and has remained a constant source of inspiration throughout his career. Camp moved to Hastings in the 1960s and over the next 30 years produced a vast body of work, painted often on characteristically unusual shaped boards and canvases, representing the dramatic landscape of the area. Interviewed for the RA Magazine in 2010, Camp explained why Beachy Head has continued to inspire him throughout his career: ‘I love it for its beauty, and the birds and cliffs and sea. It is a spectacular open space, dramatic and high for a person born in flat lands.’
A catalogue accompanying the exhibition can be purchased from the Jerwood Gallery shop or at our Amazon shop.
The exhibition has been developed in partnership with Art Space Gallery, London.
Portrait of Jeffery Camp in his studio © Pete Jones