Harold Mockford: A Retrospective of a Sussex Painter

Harold Mockford, When the Lights Come on, 1989. Towner Collection.

£5.50 / £6.50 with donation to Towner Summer Appeal     
Concession £4 / £5 with donation to Towner Summer Appeal       
Towner members and under 16s free

Harold Mockford (b. 1932) is one of the best known and most loved Sussex artists.

In celebration of Mockford’s 80th birthday, this exhibition brings together a large body of paintings that span his long and distinguished career.

After leaving school at fourteen and training to become a dental technician, in his twenties Mockford took up painting and joined a group of artists in Eastbourne. In the early 1960s Mockford and his fellow artists held a group show at the former Towner Art Gallery, through which he met the well-known abstract artist and Towner curator William Gear.

Gear saw the potential in Mockford’s work and was instrumental in encouraging
and supporting him – not least by purchasing his paintings for Towner’s
permanent collection. We now hold a total of 14 Harold Mockford works.

His inspiration comes from the South Downs landscape – in particular around
Eastbourne, where he lived until 1996 when he moved to Newhaven. He depicts
the familiar rolling hills, woodland and coastal scenes of East Sussex, but
transforms them into the extraordinary through his use of deep, rich colours
and surreal perspectives.

The View from Newhaven – an exhibition focussing on Mockford’s later
Newhaven paintings – will be held at the Hillcrest Centre, Newhaven over
1 and 2 September.

Harold Mockford attended Saturday morning classes at the former Towner Art
Gallery as a young boy. We ask that you kindly make a donation of £1 on top of
your ticket price towards our Summer Appeal, to support our young people’s
programmes in the community.

Your contribution will help nurture a new generation of Sussex artists who could
go on to one day have their own restrospective at Towner!

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