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24.03.13
BADA British Antiques Dealers Association Fair - Sloane Square
Clerkenwell Fine Art had a wonderful, successful fair and met some great new people. We were amazed at the quality the dealers had brought together and there was a great vibe and atmosphere ...
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12.02.13
Sir Stanley Spencer Museum Trust
Clerkenwell Fine Art are pleased to announce that the Sir Stanley Spencer Museuum Trust have purchased our two early Spencer drawings for their collection ...
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12.02.13
Olympia Internation Fine Art and Antiques Fair
Olympia Exhibition Centre, Kensington Olympia, London We will be doing our fifth Olympia Fine Art and Antiques Fair this year, Stand G24 ...
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12.02.13
BADA Antiques and Fine Art Fair
Duke of York Square, London, SW3 Clerkenwell Fine Art will be taking part for the firsttime in the prestigious BADA Antiques and Fine Art Fair, Stand B6 ...
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Desmond Morris

‘The Naked Ape’ is the first thing that comes to mind for most people when they hear the name Desmond Morris, however this famous zoologist/author/presenter has always been equally as serious about his paintings. A good friend of Miro and in fact all the British Surrealist group, it is only been in the last few years has he released enough of his studio of a life-time’s work for people to realise not only how superb his strange breed of biomorphic surrealism is, but also his huge contribution and importance in the history of British painting. He is, in a proper sense of the word, the last living Surrealist and also perhaps their best kept secret.
Desmond shared his first London exhibition with Joan Miro in 1950 at the London Gallery, and at this time he was the youngest official member of the of the British Surrealist Group, painting and also writing and directing two Surrealist films, Time Flower and The Butterfly and the Pin. In trying to explain in words Desmond’s own unique surrealism, Philip Oakes writes in his introduction to The Secret Surrealist: His paintings are records of field trips, expeditions into the interior. What he finds in his imagination he brings back alive.
As with all Surrealist art, there is inevitably an undercurrent of autobiography and the world outside, no matter how hard an artist may try for it to be completely a journey of the deep unconscious.

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  • A Lapse of Heart

    Desmond Morris

    A Lapse of Heart
    1968

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  • Cell head

    Desmond Morris

    Cell head
    1962

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  • Evangelists on Heat

    Desmond Morris

    Evangelists on Heat
    1992

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  • Indoor Games

    Desmond Morris

    Indoor Games
    1992

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  • The Champion

    Desmond Morris

    The Champion
    1992

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  • The Controller

    Desmond Morris

    The Controller
    1992

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  • The Conversation

    Desmond Morris

    The Conversation
    1990

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  • The Holder of Secrets I

    Desmond Morris

    The Holder of Secrets I
    1992

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