Prior to this I knew little of Laura Knight’s work but did know of her preoccupation, the Lady Lever’s oil of ballet dancers is probably the picture I knew best. A good show, free entry, and alot to see. There are some large scale oils and drawings, but in the main it’s her very vibrant sketches (ink, chalk, carbon, watercolour) and etchings, some hand-coloured, that take the main space as they should.
Tantalisingly the final room mentions she worked as official artist at the Nuremberg trials. Out of the scope of this show, but I’d love to see some of that work.
Dame Laura Knight at the Theatre (Fri 21 Mar 2008 - Sun 6 Jul 2008)
While you’re there: -Harold Riley’s photographic exhibition (til the 20th of April) is bloody marvellous too.