Art historian to give talk at the Towner gallery

Art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon SUS-141231-094850001
Art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon SUS-141231-094850001

The Towner is to welcome art historian and broadcaster Andrew Graham-Dixon, who will join British painter John Virtue for a special talk to coincide with the opening of his major exhibition entitled The Sea.

Andrew Graham-Dixon is one of the leading art critics and presenters of arts television in the English-speaking world.

He has presented numerous landmark series on art for the BBC, including the acclaimed A History of British Art, Renaissance and Art of Eternity, as well as numerous individual documentaries on art and artists.

John Virtue’s The Sea is a spectacular new body of work exploring the vast, dark expanse of the North Sea.

The exhibition at Towner (January 17-April 12) presents 12 canvases, 24 paintings on paper and more than 100 sketchbooks, some seen for the first time.

All the works were executed in the last three years from Virtue’s home in Blakeney Point, Norfolk.

An admirer of the great English landscape painters, Turner and Constable, Virtue’s paintings have been compared to oriental brush painting and American abstract expressionism.

Virtue is most well-known for his iconic images of London’s skyline, created when he was National Gallery Associate Artist in 2003-2005.

Andrew Graham-Dixon is in conversation with John Virtue on Saturday, January 17, Towner, Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne BN21 4JJ.

Tickets are £10/£9 concessions/£7.50 members and are available by calling 01323 434670 or by visiting the website at