Sir Alfred East Exhibition & Book Launch

Published: Monday, 25th September 2017

Sir Alfred East, The Incidental Etcher: A lifetime of etching

For the first time in many years, a comprehensive selection of Sir Alfred East’s etchings will be showcased at the Alfred East Art Gallery from Saturday, 30th September until Saturday, 9th December.

The works will show his progression throughout his career, following his travels through Japan to Europe, as well as his extensive journey across the UK.

This Sir Alfred East, The Incidental Etcher: A lifetime of etching Exhibition will be supported by the publishing of a new illustrated guide to East’s contribution to British printmaking. This documents the life of Sir Alfred East as an etcher, of which very little has been told until now.

The Exhibition preview and book launch will be held on Saturday, 7th October, 1pm until 3pm.

With a vast amount of research, Ian Luck delves into this untold story of East’s career as an etcher to give an overview of how his work progressed through his experiences, experimentation and innovation.

In addition to Ian Luck’s research, artist and printmaker, Sorrell Kinley, attempts to unravel the mysteries behind print-making.

The gallery holds a large and varied selection of Sir Alfred East’s etchings, who donated 34 out of the 41 that are in the Permanent Collection, and in Kinley’s chapter, he compares three etchings by East that vary in style and technique.

Illustrated throughout, these chapters will raise a new interest in Sir Alfred East’s life and artistic career, not only as a very prolific oil painter, but also a very experimental and pioneering etcher.

For further information, contact the Alfred East Art Gallery on 01536 534274.

Guy Holloway, Head of Corporate and Cultural Services at Kettering Borough Council, said: “Many people have heard about Sir Alfred East, but few realise the length and depth of his fascinating works. This exhibition truly celebrates the accomplishments of this artist, and is another example of the variety on display at the Alfred East Art Gallery.”

Councillor Lloyd Bunday, Kettering Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community and Culture, said: “This is an opportunity to attend an exhibition about Sir Alfred East, who our art gallery is named after. The Alfred East Art Gallery offers a great range of fantastic exhibitions; this one celebrates the history and evolution of Sir Alfred’s etchings. This is an unmissable opportunity. I would encourage everyone to come along, read the new publication and view the exceptional artwork.”

Kettering Museum & Art Gallery is situated on Sheep Street, Kettering, easy to get to by train, bus or by car. It is near the library and close to the parish church of SS Peter and Paul