George Irvine (OD 1985)
George developed a personal
approach to landscape painting.
Colour remains a key driver in the
ultimate goal of his work and the
landscape is the vehicle for this colour.
His work is mainly concerned with the
Old Dragon Exhibitors
Francis Miles Laming Ellis
(OD 1961), deceased 1983
Francis (Fred) started his art training
at the Oxford Technical College before
going to The Slade School of Fine
Art in 1967. In 1970, he won the Bois
Scholarship. Fred was influenced by
the way Van Gogh worked, in the
vigour of his strokes and their precise
simplicity. He was colour blind, which
gave his paintings a monochrome
appearance. He had a heart attack at
the age of 35. His untimely death cut
short an artist of great talent.
Ninian Kinnier Wilson (OD 1967),
After studying A Level Art at Fettes
College in Edinburgh, Ninian went
on to St Albans School of Art for
his foundation year, before reading
Fine Art at Liverpool College of Art.
Following a workshop on Commedia
Dell’Arte in 1981, Ninian became a
Commedia performer and one of the
finest mask makers in Europe.
Tobias Hodson (OD 1972)
Tobias has been designing and
building gardens for 15 years, a
passion which has created a broad
and versatile base from which to
explore flower painting. He seeks to
glimpse the strangeness of existence
by studying the beautiful, which
reveals each object as a hieroglyph
that speaks of the otherworldliness of
our own world.
Jonathan Pugh (OD 1975)
You will recognise Jonathan’s work
immediately. He studied law, which
presented him with ‘hours of doodling
practice’, before becoming a freelance
cartoonist in 1987. In January 2010,
he joined the Daily Mail after nearly
15 years at The Times. His work has
also appeared in The Guardian, The
Independent, The Observer, Private
Eye, Country Life and The Spectator.
Jane Bowen (OD 1977)
Jane has been making ceramics for
nearly 40 years and teaches ceramics
and art at St Edward’s School. Many
of her ceramic pieces are assembled
using glazes and the firing process -
often referencing Surrealism and Dada
- allowing for accident (and failure)
and the possibility of interesting and
On Saturday 20 May 2017, the Dragon Art Department hummed
more than usual with Old Dragons, parents, exhibiting artists and
guests at the opening of the Old Dragon Art Exhibition. The event
took place in the colourful and creative Dragon Art Block, with its
stunning views over the playing fields.
Between 20 and 25 May 2017, during Oxford Art Weeks, we
were delighted to share the many paintings, drawings, sculptures
and ceramics with an estimated 80 guests visiting the exhibition.
Jenny Savile, RA, current parent, officially opened the event
and welcomed guests, saying, “The greatest human trait I believe
is imagination. It’s how humans have shaped our world, created
complex world religions to help us navigate life and death, built
cities, given us an information library in the palm of our hands.
Art, storytelling, drama, music, dance. These are all subjects that
encourage the development of imagination, flexibility of thought
With 35 artists taking part, the art was a fabulous showcase of
the broad ranging talents of Old Dragon artists and former staff.
We are delighted to share with you the short biographies and
some images from the Old Dragons who exhibited.
William Mackesy (OD 1972)
William studied classics and law at
Oxford University. Since 2000, he has
been painting and drawing, travelling
and writing. His work ranges from
figurative images (the human form,
light, landscape,‘very still’ lifes) to
metaphorical depictions, meditations,
‘pretty words’ and abstract colour
Luke Osmond, current Head of
Art, and former Head of Art,
Granville Heptonstall (1976-
2004), both enjoy painting
en plein air,
each contributed a picture.
Current members of the Art
Department also contributed.
Caroline Boggis' art centres
around themes of femininity
and domestic decoration.
Phoebe Brookes explores space
and shape from various sources
such as landscapes and the
interiors of modern buildings.
Wendy Roylance (Baugh), has
exhibited in London, Oxford,
the Home Counties and
France since 1996. Her figures
and landscapes emphasise
colour, texture and line and
favour mixed media, often
incorporating print and collage.
Former members of the Art
Department also took part.
Maura Allen (2004-2014),
combines her love of plants
and gardening with botanical
illustrations. Jane Mollison
(1989-2001) uses water colour
paints with white gouache, as
well as felt pens for detail where
It is no surprise that we have
so many art scholars - 7 have
been granted awards this year
- with so many talented staff to