Last week we ventured out on one of our occasional forays into the world of Fine Art. In the Cartwright Hall Art Gallery in Bradford we found Anthony Earnshaw 1924-2001, The Imp of Surrealism. I was already acquainted with this artist; '60s art students who were in the know were well aware of the whimsical group of English Surrealists who flourished in Leeds and were friends of the Liverpool Poets.
Anthony had no formal training, but he was an original and witty thinker, able to translate his ideas into two and three dimensions. He invented secret alphabets and a cartoon character - a strutting, two wheeled mutant toy called WOKKER.
Later in his career he made wooden boxes, containing whimsical groups of objects, all with surprising connections. One box contains a shoe with a caster for a heel and a heart-shaped mirror - a bit like this...
In an accompanying film he explains that the shoe is in love with the caster and the mirror is in love with them both...
The gallery is running several other exhibitions concurrently, all calculated to surprise the mind and delight the eye.
Paula Rego's unromantic and subversive take on Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre - see below.
It's always more fun to visit with friends...
Cartwright Hall is also notable for a brief appearance in the 1983 Monty Python film "The Meaning of Life", during a very naughty song.