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Artistic recollections and Coutu creations exhibited in Farnham

PUBLISHED: 18:38 10 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:31 20 February 2013

Artistic recollections and Coutu creations exhibited in Farnham

Artistic recollections and Coutu creations exhibited in Farnham

A rare opportunity to view works from the University for the Creative Arts Collection kicks off July's offerings at the James Hockey & Foyer Galleries in Farnham.

A rare opportunity to view works from the University for the Creative Arts Collection kicks off Julys offerings at the James Hockey & Foyer Galleries in Farnham.

ReCollection, which runs from Saturday July 9 to Wednesday August 17, explores accidental relationships between works of art regardless of subject matter or medium.

Taken from the UCA Collection, which totals over 260 works and contains an historical record of artwork donated to the university, this exhibition curated by Lee Broughall and Phoebe Gardiner considers the contrasting topics of merriment and melancholy, the delicate and the rudimentary, the old and the new.

Running alongside this exhibition will be Who is Jack Coutu?, which features a selection of works by Farnham-born artist Jack Coutu.

Coutu trained as both a printmaker and sculptor at the Royal College of Art, and the institutions now known as Central Saint Martins and the University for the Creative Arts. He later taught printmaking at UCA Farnham, when it was called West Surrey College of Art & Design, for 20 years and retired in 1985.

More than 50 of Coutus etchings and engravings, spanning a period from 1953 to 1985, were donated to the UCA Collection in 2004, a number of which are currently on loan to the Aldershot Centre for Health.

In addition to printmaking, Coutu is particularly well-known for producing intricate hand-carved Netsuke a type of miniature sculpture originally invented in Japan to fasten pouches, a 17th century precursor to the bum-bag, around ones waist.

Formed from materials such as boar tusks, deer horn and boxwood, a selection of these from the artists personal collection will be on display during this exhibition.

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