Basil Wynbergen AGAvA 1928-2015
Basil Wynbergen’s artistic career stretched across seven decades and five continents. An inveterate traveller, many of his pictures record his visits to places like India, South America and Antarctica. But perhaps his greatest inspiration came from the very ordinary parts of West London which he called home for most of his life.
His artistic training was at the Northampton School of Art 1944-5 followed by the Academie Royale des Beaux Arts in Brussels 1945-7, the school Van Gogh had attended some fifty years before. He went on to study under Rene Salme in Brussels.
BIOGRAPHY AND INFLUENCES
Born in Stamford Brook, Hammersmith and growing up in Hartswood Road, Bedford Park he remembered being terrified by a neighbour he recalled as a ‘very old fierce giant white-bearded, stick-wielding man, enveloped in a black coat topped with a large black broad-rimmed hat.’ That frightening man was Lucien Pissarro, eldest son of Camille Pissarro, one of the greatest of the Impressionist painters.
It is easy to see a Pissarro-esque quality in Basil’s landscapes. Many of them feature the French countryside, there is a love of the everyday, a rejection of the dramatic and beautiful in favour of the unremarkable and real. Grey skies and pastel colours are punctured by flashes of colour from an unexpected flag or a street sign.
A taste for travel gave him a love of trains, boats and planes; they often were the subject of his works. Regularly showing at the annual exhibition of the Guild of Aviation Artists, in 2000 Basil was awarded Aviation Artist of the Year with his painting Derelict Santa Rosa de Lima.
His chosen media were gouache for painting and very soft 8B or 9B pencils.
St Barnabas Church, Pitshanger Lane, W5 1QG
Friday 13th Sept — 4pm to 8pm
Saturday 14th Sept — 11am to 6pm
Sunday 15th Sept — 11am to 6pm
Wheelchair accessible: Good