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Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery delighted to add a large oil painting to its collection

Published on Tuesday, 6th December 2022

Jeremy Purseglove and Sue Taylor holding painting

The artwork, entitled ‘Anyway’, shows the worn palm of a brown leather boxing glove encircled by a red, lacy suspender and is the work of Geoff Yeomans.

He taught at Nuneaton School of Art between 1964 and 1987 and over more than 60 years created a huge catalogue of work in a wide range of media.

He had a piercing eye for detail and was a fine draughtsman, print maker and photographer but he was at his most powerful when working with paint.

During the period when he was teaching at Nuneaton School of Art he concentrated on his own kind of Realism.

This frequently focused on still life, but drew on art historical references, his own experiences, and the culture of the time.

Mr Yeomans died in March 2021 at the age of 87 and left this 1987 painting to his friend and former student, Sue Taylor.

Sue, and her partner Jeremy, have kindly chosen to donate it to Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery.

Cllr Sue Markham, Portfolio Holder for Public Services at Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, said:

“We look forward to featuring this superb painting in future art exhibitions.

“The Museum is keen to collect artworks with a link to the borough, sometimes through the subject matter and sometimes the artist themselves.

“We are glad to already hold artworks by other staff at Nuneaton School of Art, including Miles Sharp, and feel this piece will compliment and build upon these collections.’’

Note to editors

Picture features Jeremy Purseglove and Sue Taylor