In 2010 a gallery space was created at Mottisfont Abbey near Romsey. It made use of redundant rooms at the top of the house and it now has a growing reputation as an art venue in Hampshire.
The current exhibition of Rex Whistler’s work, entitled “More than just Murals” began on January 14th. It draws on items from several different sources, the Welsh Guards Museum, Plas Newydd (NT) Anglesey, and his archive from the Salisbury museum.
It reflects various aspects of his short life, his school and student days, his varied output of murals, his work on the stage, book designs and advertising material. The exhibition is further enhanced by a beautifully crafted film, made by Daniel Whistler, Rex’s nephew.
Rex was influenced by the work of the architect Palladio. The Palladian bridge in the grounds of Wilton House appears in many of his classical landscapes, all created accurately from memory.
The exhibition closes on the 23rd April
Bob Andrews Collections Volunteer