Bring us your Bratbys – that was the call Hastings’ Jerwood Gallery issued to all owners of paintings by John Bratby ahead of its ‘People’s Show’ - John Bratby: Everything but the Kitchen Sink, including the Kitchen Sink - which will run 30 January - 17 April 2016.
John Bratby was a prolific painter, writer and something of an enfant terrible on the British art scene during the Fifties and Sixties. Born in 1928, he died in his adopted home town of Hastings just a day after his 64th birthday walking home from his local chippy.
Rather than create a traditional retrospective of his oeuvre – it is believed Bratby painted over 1,500 works, including many famous faces – Jerwood Gallery (with help from John’s widow Patti) launched a rare opportunity for the UK public to produce the content of a major gallery exhibition.
It called for submissions of privately owned Bratby’s, along with personal recollections, letters and photos. Dozens of people, including a number of household names, have got in touch with their remarkable – and often totally unknown until now – Bratby stories.
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