Dr "Hans" Roelof Rookmaaker (1922 - 1977) was the first Professor of Art History at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam from 1965 until his sudden death. During that time, he introduced a younger generation of artists and designers to his challenging view of Christianity and the Arts.
In this lecture, Peter S Smith reflects on the decade-long relationship he enjoyed with Dr Rookmaaker, and Hans' influence on him as a young painter-printmaker through personal meetings and letters. More than 40 years after his death, how do we understand his legacy today? Did he open doors that we have yet to walk through?
Peter S Smith RE is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and a member of The Society of Wood Engravers.
Peter lives in Richmond and teaches from his studio at the St Bride Foundation, Fleet Street. He has prints in the collections of Tate Britain, The Ashmolean, The Fitzwillam, The Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam) and The Glenbow Museum (Calgary).
Peter was awarded the West Midlands Arts Fine Art Fellowship (1977-1979), was Head of the School of Art and Design at Kingston College (1983-2010) and Vice-President of the National Society for Education in Art and Design (2005-07).
"Peter's wood engravings and etchings… make one think of him not as a wood engraver or an etcher… but as an artist… he knows all about techniques but never succumbs to the flash… He keeps his work and us always on the edge."
Saturday 30th March 2019
Exhibition and refreshments from 10am, lecture at 11am.
Free, donations will be invited, and pieces will be available to purchase.
Sunday 31st March 2019
Free, no booking required, donations will be invited.
Oastler Barn, LS18 4HR (behind Outwood House).