Tuesday, 4 December 2012

It's a Brit Surreal

British Surrealism: the almost forgotten cousin of our more showy French and Spanish neighbours. The sort of cousin you forget you have and only remember when you see them crying at funerals.

Well, here at Mounds & Circles we’ve not forgotten them.

Oh no.

Troubadours at Les Baux by Julian Trevelyan

Here we give them the kudos they deserve. Britain not only produced an astonishing quantity of poems, sculptures and paintings, but was also a fully paid up member of the international surrealist movement. A movement whose influence on twentieth-century art is indisputable.

The Strange Country by Conroy Maddox

Despite this fact art critics and historians have pretty much given this little cul-de-sac of British art the cold shoulder. If it does ever get mentioned it’s always the same couple of names that get banded about: Paul Nash, Henry Moore and, erroneously, Graham Sutherland

Paul Nash

Graham Sutherland

Henry Moore
Not that we don’t love all of the above at M&C - indeed, Nash is one of our all time heroes, but to only mention them alone would be a disservice. So with that in mind M&C will be posting a series of pictures, writings and poems under the banner Surrealist Britannia in an attempt to bring the movement out from under the shadow of it’s own progenitor, continental surrealism. 

The Oneiroscopist by Edith Rimmington 


  1. fantastic, can't wait. Brit and Czech my favourite members of the movement. Eileen Agar, Emmy Bridgewater, John Tunnard..and in Ithell Colquhoun you seriously cross over into the occult

  2. We shall indeed be mentioning Surrealism and the occult - in particular the shamanism of the great Lenonra Carrington.

    Watch this space.