The painted world of Fred Dubery was all about warmth and colour – a bright pattern of life reflecting a private place of beauty, pleasure and merriment. Known from numerous solo exhibitions, and from regular showings at the Royal Academy and New English Art Club, the pictures are a record of joyful travels in France and Italy and, best of all, of domestic contentment via a long and happy marriage amid a visual feast, and a procession of amazing meals, in a lovely Suffolk setting.
Fred Dubery was teaching at Walthamstow Art School when he had a fateful meeting with fashion tutor Joanne Brogden. She had trained under Christian Dior and would become a pioneering Professor of Fashion at the Royal College of Art while Fred was appointed Professor of Perspective at the Royal Academy Schools. Adding a large adopted family of former students, their life together was the heart of everything.
Fred and Joanne left a legacy for art and fashion education and the paintings richly illustrated in this volume – images technically so clever and so subtle – offer a lasting lesson in how to live.
The works in this exhibition are being sold to benefit the East Anglia Art Fund to support art scholarships, exhibitions and education in the region.