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Remfry in conversation at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

Rugby Editorial 27th Mar, 2023   0

ACCLAIMED contemporary painter and curator David Remfry MBE will visit Rugby Art Gallery and Museum at the weekend to talk about his work.

The ‘in conversation with’ event takes place on Saturday (April 1), with the Royal Academy of Arts member revealing the inspirations behind We Think The World of You, his exhibition currently on display at the venue.

The seeds for We Think The World of You were sown in New York, when Remfry was resident at the iconic Hotel Chelsea’s studio.

Fascinated by the uniquely personal relationship between a dog and its owner, Remfry started work on series of evocative pencil and watercolour portraits, with actors such as Susan Sarandon, Ethan Hawke and Alan Cumming sitting for the artist.




The portraits explore the connection between dog owners and their canine companions, with the project later celebrated in the book We Think The World of You – People and Dogs Drawn Together, published by the Royal Academy of Arts in 2015.

Remfry will talk about the inspirations behind the project with Jo Baring, director of the Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art.


Remfry was born in 1942 and studied art and printmaking at the Hull College of Art.

Since 1973, he has exhibited at galleries and museums across the UK, Europe and the USA, and he was made an MBE in 2001 for services to British art in America.

Remfry was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Arts in 2006 and a decade later he was appointed professor of drawing at the Royal Academy Schools.

We Think The World of You runs at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum until Saturday June 3, alongside David Remfry Selects – The Rugby Collection, featuring more than 60 works selected from the art gallery and museum’s collection of modern and contemporary British art, including pieces from Turner Prize winners Lubaina Himid and Gillian Wearing, and prestigious works from artists such as Claudette Johnson, Paula Rego and Eduardo Paolozzi.

Tickets for the ‘in conversation with’ event, which runs from 3pm to 4pm on Saturday (April 1), cost £5 for adults (students and under 18s free) and can be booked on the Rugby Art Gallery and Museum website or by calling (01788) 533217.

Visit www.ragm.co.uk for more information about events and exhibitions at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum.

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