Knapp-Fisher: A Family In Art

Posted by Tenby Museum on Mar 18, 2016 Blog, News No Comments

The most recent art exhibition at Tenby Museum & Art Gallery is Knapp-Fisher: A Family In Art.

This is a family tribute show to celebrate the creative life of John Knapp-Fisher and his family and is a celebration across generations.

Included in the show will be a selection of paintings from John Knapp-Fisher – some not seen for many years – a collection of paintings by his ex wife Sheila Knapp-Fisher and paintings by his son Buzz Knapp-Fisher.

There will also be an award-winning animation film by Alice Parkes, grand-daughter of John Knapp-Fisher, daughter of Lucie and Tim Parkes, which won the Tilt Up animation show in Mexico and has been nominated for several other awards. Aerona Knapp-Fisher, Buzz’s wife, will be including some poetry. Some paintings by John’s father, Arthur, who was Architect to the King and a huge inspiration to John, will also be on display.

The exhibition was officially opened on Friday 18 March by Jamie Owen, BBC Wales.  Jamie Owen said, “Thanks to Hywel Thomas who has been the driving force behind this wonderful evening and thanks also to the museum staff, Mark Lewis and Thelma Mort, who have worked so hard to mount this exhibition.

“It seems such a short time since we were here with John – he loved the museum and was always a strong supporter.   The Knapp-Fisher’s are a bit of a dynasty – John’s father Arthur was an artist and a major inspiration to his son; Sheila is a well-established artist in her own right, Buzz has work here and John spent so much time talking proudly abut his son, and now Alice continues the dynasty, working in animation and we all expect to see her in Hollywood soon!

“There are works here to admire and to buy and I heartily recommend buying now. The museum need support from the community so please support the museum and bring as many people here as you can!

“I made many programmes with John over the years and once asked him questions for a potential BBC tribute show. I asked him how he wanted to be remembered – expecting comments about draughtsmanship and the use of light and shade. He turned directly to the camera and said, ‘I want to be remembered as a bloody good artist!’ This exhibition is a tribute to that sentiment.”

The exhibition will be open to the public from Saturday 19 March until Sunday 24 April. Many of the works in the exhibition will be available for purchase.

Winter in Porthgain by John Knapp-Fisher

Winter in Porthgain by John Knapp-Fisher

Moon by Buzz Knapp-Fisher

Moon by Buzz Knapp-Fisher

Persephone leaves by Sheila Knapp-Fisher

Persephone leaves by Sheila Knapp-Fisher

Screenshot from Evanescent, animation by Alice Parkes

Screenshot from Evanescent, animation by Alice Parkes

The gallery

The gallery

Hywel Thomas, Jamie Owen and Buzz Knapp-Fisher

Hywel Thomas, Jamie Owen and Buzz Knapp-Fisher