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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

Oxfordshire landscape.



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),

deceased 2013

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

peculiar results.

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

and resilience.”

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.

Old Dragons

On Display

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


Staff Exhibitors

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

inspire them.