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01 Feb 2012: John Wonnacott in Oxford and Cambridge

John Wonnacott: a 50 year retrospective of self portraits, Clare Hall Cambridge, 1 February – 5 March; St John’s College Oxford, 3 November – 1 December

John Wonnacott – a 50-year retrospective of self portraits has been described by art critic Martin Gayford as “a magnificent exhibition”, and offers visitors the chance to witness the artist’s development in the discipline over his working life.” (University of Cambridge website)

“Faced by this extraordinary exhibition of 39 often large works, including a massive 17-foot panel, I was filled with admiration for the sheer technical virtuosity of many of the paintings – which few artists of today could even begin to match – at the same time as a sense of frustration that a show such as this seems unlikely to get the kind of big city exposure it deserves.” (Gill Auty in British Art Journal, 13:3, Winter 2012)