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'Powerful and Important' Art Exhibition Announced At Wharf Gallery, Devon

PUBLISHED: 11:23 23 September 2011 | UPDATED: 20:02 20 February 2013

Alfred Nussbaum self portrait from 1991

Alfred Nussbaum self portrait from 1991

Family of late Alfred Nussbaum fulfil lifelong ambition by hosting public retrospective exhibition in Tavistock

Family of late Alfred Nussbaum fulfil lifelong ambition by hosting public retrospective exhibition in Tavistock



A public exhibition of paintings celebrating the life and work of artist Alfred Nussbaum is being held later this month at the Wharf Gallery in Tavistock, Devon, fulfilling a lifelong ambition of his family for the artists paintings to reach a public audience.



The exhibition will run from Monday 26th September until Thursday 27th October and will feature a selection of the artists paintings, which will also be available to purchase.



This will be the first public exhibition of work from Alfred Nussbaum, who died in 2004, aged 85. After his passing, Mr. Nussbaums family were determined to organise a posthumous exhibition of his work.



Chris Burchell, Wharf Gallery Director, said: "We are delighted to host this important retrospective exhibition, celebrating the work and life of Alfred Nussbaum. It is unusual for a West Devon Gallery to be able to present such powerful and personal work, and further, to offer it for sale. We hope Alfred's philosophical message will reach a wider public through this fascinating and thoughtful exhibition."



Alfred, originally from Poland, was forced to abandon a career in medicine due to the outbreak of the Second World War and fled to Palestine before arriving in the UK in 1948. He attended the Rochester College of Art and the West of England College of Art, before becoming a teacher of Art and Physics and spent most of his life in Bristol.



Alfred once described his own work by saying: My aim as a painter is to oppose what I consider the sterile, introspective modernism characterising contemporary painting, and to rise, as far as I may be able, to the challenge this age of disintegrating cultures poses to creative artists."



Alfreds son Chris Nussbaum, who organised the exhibition of behalf of his family, said: After my fathers death in 2004, I was determined to achieve the ambition of a full retrospective with some of his paintings on display. He was a very talented artist and teacher and his paintings were occasionally selected for exhibition at the Royal Academy Summer Shows in London.



It means a lot to us to have this exhibition to celebrate is work and his life and I would like to thank the Wharf Gallery for hosting the exhibition and to everyone else who has helped make it possible.



The exhibition of paintings will run from September 26th 2011 to October 27 2011 at The Wharf Gallery Canal Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8AT.



For more information please visit www.tavistockwharf.com/galleryor call 01822 611166

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