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 […]
“Delicious anecdotes abound in this highly entertaining celebration of two minor artists who knew everyone. An absolute goldmine for Bacon biographers … it is full of memorable vignettes and many moving letters from Chopping to Wirth-Miller and vice versa … haunting biography.” Lynn Barber, Sunday Times “A guide to 20th century British painting and promiscuity….. […]