Robert Young is running a ‘desperately seeking’ campaign after he and his wife discovered and identified an artist as important to the outsider or naive forum of art. The artist, Stanley Dyson, was an art teacher whilst he was alive and the portfolio of art extends up to over 500 works. Some of these are works that he kept by children he taught in Chesterfield in Derbyshire. These are all being included in the exhibition and before the show opens in London, they are being presented by the Mayor of Chesterfield at the Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery on the 7th February. The impetus behind this is to gain as much interest to discover the child artists and to learn more about Stanley Dyson who lived in Chesterfield. If the artists can be found the London gallery, Robert Young Antiques, will be giving proceeds back to the artists or their estates. They have already been in touch with Stanley’s relatives. This exceptional exhibition will include topographical and general paintings by Dyson as well as a fine selection of pictures by his students.
Stanley Dyson’s and the schoolchildren’s work settles somewhere on the boundary of Robert Young Antiques specialisation in Antique and historic Folk, Primitive and Naïve Art. During their research they found amongst his papers a description of Abstract Art that Dyson wrote with his students in mind. In it he says “…the art of this Century is a reflection of the age, restless, experimental, often ugly and aggressive, but at its best a true expression of man’s feelings, and not a weak copy of earlier styles.” Stanley Dyson was inspired by the artistic age he lived in, and privately strove to become a part of it, however quietly and primitively.
A selection from the recently discovered private collection and portfolio of work by unknown artist and (secondary school) art teacher, Stanley Dyson (1920-2007) will be exhibited by Robert Young Antiques from 17th March to 23rd April 2011 at 68 Battersea Bridge Road, London, SW11 3AG. There is something to suit every budget in this delightful, groundbreaking exhibition with prices ranging from £100 to £7,500.