Free Talk by John Lessore – The Teaching of Drawing
4.30pm, The Heatherley School of Fine Art, Chelsea
19th March 2018
John Lessore was born in London in 1939 and grew up in a family of practising artists. He went to the Slade under Coldstream, 1957 to 1961, and then to Italy on an Abbey Minor travelling scholarship. His chief teachers were his mother, who was the painter Helen Lessore, and Tom Monnington. John was a co-founder of the Royal Drawing School in 2000 and was a trustee of The National Gallery, London, from 2003-11. He taught from 1965 to 1999 at the Royal Academy Schools and from 1978 to 1986 he co-ran the Life Room at Norwich School of Art with John Wonnacott. John’s work is in many private and public collections including Tate, The British Museum and the Royal Academy. Major recent commissions include the double portrait of Jeremy Dixon and Edward Jones and the group portrait of Six Paralympic Athletes, both in the National Portrait Gallery. He lives and works in London, East Anglia and France.
In this talk Lessore will discuss the teaching of drawing, a subject he is passionate about. He will cover his own background, which is very dominated by the French tradition, illustrated by drawings by the great artists of the past from quattrocentro onwards.
This event is free and open to the public but seating is limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.