The September 2023 edition of The Burlington Magazine features one of Denis Wirth-Miller’s dog paintings on the cover. A twelve page thesis by Katharina Günther analyses some of the vast quantity of items left in his studio. “The many similarities to the contents of Francis Bacon’s studio elucidate the artistic relationship between the two friends, which was […]
In this 70th year of the literary James Bond, we are celebrating the written legacy of all things 007 with a very special event on October 29th in association with Ian Fleming Publications at London’s Pinewood Studios. With readings of extracts from books by Bond actors throughout, as we introduce: Jon Lys Turner to discuss his […]
On Sunday, 18th June Dame Zandra Rhodes and Jon Lys Turner celebrate Divine’s life and career. Together they will lead a discussion on Divine’s time in London and the UK in the 1980’s during his UK tour. Click on the ticket below for further details and to buy tickets.
I am currently transcribing years and years of the personal diaries of Chopping and Wirth-Miller. Some clues hint at bigger stories, as in this case. When I discussed the story with Zandra (who of course knew Dicky, Denis and Francis) as we travelled on the train to Firstsite, she neatly top &-tailed the story for […]
Click on the image to watch the YouTube video. Jon Lys Turner introduces the forthcoming exhibition at The Salisbury Museum, and the life and work of Richard Chopping.- more information.
MORE INFORMATION In this conversation, Rhodes and Turner will be discussing and celebrating the never-to-be-repeated lives of Dicky Chopping and Denis Wirth-Miller, their literary and artistic output and their complex relationship with Francis Bacon – more information.
https://jonlysturner.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/FirstsitePromo.m4v Artists Denis Wirth-Miller and Francis Bacon were friends for more than fifty years. However, while Francis Bacon is recognised today as one of Britain’s foremost painters, Denis Wirth-Miller is relatively unheard of. This important exhibition, the largest retrospective of Denis’s work to date, seeks to rectify this fact, showcasing the breadth of his paintings, […]
“Let’s face it. . . . They must hate me, because I did what they didn’t want. I won.” Find out more on the published article on The New Yorker Website
It is with great pleasure that I am lending Divine’s bright orange ‘Octopus’ disco dress to Queer Britain, the UK’s first national LGBTQ+ museum which is housed in Granary Square, King’s Cross, London, occupying part of a beautiful historic building owned by the charity, Art Fund. Queer Britain celebrates people who have impacted every part […]
On the eve of the release of the 25th Bond movie No Time to Die, The Salisbury Museum celebrated the life and work of writer, illustrator and teacher Richard Chopping (1917 – 2008), best-known for illustrating the original book covers for James Bond. Richard Chopping was a master of the trompe-l’œil technique, producing highly realistic three-dimensional […]