Local artist Joe Nuttgens will talk about his work and that of his father Joseph E. Nuttgens (Eddie) - in stained glass, paintings, prints and drawings. Eddie, who was born in Germany and interned by the British during WW1, grew to love English country life; he settled into his final studio on Piggotts Hill in 1939, where he designed and made stained glass windows for churches far and wide. He was an eccentric character - a compulsive talker, terrible arguer; and as a Catholic, drawn to the ideas (if not the practices) of Eric Gill, his neighbour. Father of thirteen, he died in 1982 at the age of ninety, and is buried in Speen churchyard.
Joe's life and work has partly been in reaction against his father, but also acknowledges his many achievements, creating a very different and original body of work. Born in Wycombe, he studied at the Royal College of Art, and later ran Patrick Reytiens' Stained Glass Studios in Beaconsfield, before finally taking over his father's studio on Piggotts Hill after his death. Since then he has himself made many stained glass windows. But there is another side to his work: diverse, free, exploratory, agnostic, human and sometimes rebellious. And he is still working!
A display of Joe's current work will accompany his talk.
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