James Ravilious moved to Dolton in 1972 after marrying Robin, who is a North Devon girl. The son of celebrated watercolour painter and Official War Artist, Eric Ravilious, James too
James Ravilious moved to Dolton in 1972 after marrying Robin, who is a North Devon girl. The son of celebrated watercolour painter and Official War Artist, Eric Ravilious, James too had trained and worked as an artist and art teacher. When the couple met in London in 1969, James had recently taken up photography, inspired by the great French photographer, Cartier-Bresson.
Robin introduced him to the countryside he came to love. In the early 1970s North Devon was still very traditional in places: there were old cob farms without electricity, and farmers using crafts and methods that had changed little since before the War.
The Beaford Arts Centre had seen the significance of this landscape as one of the last examples of the English rural tradition, and had set up the Beaford Archive to record it for posterity before it was modernised. James worked on the Archive for over seventeen years, taking 79,000 negatives of the landscape and its people, at work and at play, with the honesty and warmth which distinguishes his work.
Robin accompanied him on many of his photographic trips and worked with him on books and exhibitions. She has written a memoir, James Ravilious – a Life, outlining his story, and showing how his personality and artistic background informed his work. She has also written the introduction to a new, beautifully produced selection of his Devon photos called
The Recent Past. Both books are published on 2nd November. She will be showing photos and talking about individual images and the engaging and gifted man behind the camera.
Tickets are £3. All our events run a donation bar on the night with wines from Grape & Grain.
(Thursday) 7:00 pm
Crediton Community Bookshop
21 High Street, Crediton, Devon EX17 3AH