Tavener, Robert: Chanctonbury Ring (Orange)
One of Robert Tavener’s most collectable linocuts using an orange colourway to depict this iconic location, an Artist’s Proof, signed and inscribed in pencil, and newly framed in oak.
Chanctonbury Ring is a prehistoric hill fort located on the Sussex Downs 700 feet above sea level. The number of barrows suggests the hilltop was an area of special significance, and it is conceivable that the domed summit was used as a site for ritual activity. Whilst Neolithic, Bronze Age and Roman remains have been discovered, Chanctonbury Ring is also associated with stories and legends concerning ghosts and the devil.
Artist: Robert Tavener, (1920-2004)
Title and date: Chanctonbury Ring (green colourway), c. 1970
Size: 47.0 x 61.0 cms.
An increasingly popular and much collected artist, Robert Tavener was born in Hampstead in 1920. He completed 6 years’ war service and was part of the D Day landings. He studied drawing and painting at Gottingen University from 1945 to 1946 and attended Hornsey College of Art from 1946 until 1950. His first teaching job was as an art teacher at Temple School in Strood then at the Medway College of Art in Rochester.
He moved to Eastbourne in 1953 where he became head of printmaking at the College of Art and Design, retiring as vice-principal in 1980. He illustrated children’s books and worked as a printmaker, gaining commissions from London Transport, Shell, the BBC, the Radio Times and many others. He described his work as being: “English Countryside and English Architecture. Shape, pattern, colour, texture, design”.
He held many solo shows and his work was accepted for 34 years in succession at the RA’s Summer Exhibition. He was a senior fellow of the Royal Society of Painter/Printmakers where he exhibited in 30 shows. His work is held in over 25 UK collections, including the V and A and the Government Art Collection.