Donald Grayson Exhibition

Tuesday 29 January 2013

Garden Court Chambers is delighted to host an exhibition of works by Donald Grayson curated by Matthew Meadows.

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Other pressures and pursuits frustrated Donald Grayson's early creative ambitions, but three years ago he received a lengthy custodial sentence and took up art again. Encouraged by sympathetic tutors in his prison art class, a vocation developed, shaped by the challenging circumstances life had now bestowed. Prison could be lonely, crowded, noisy, boring, traumatic, but it could also be funny



Donald responded with brightly coloured paintings featuring storybook characters from English folklore, their narratives suggesting sitcoms or soaps, pub scenes from The Rover's Return or The Queen Vic. Other paintings are more poignant; one showing Mr. Punch hanging himself in a prison cell upset some. Others found his colour garish. He was encouraged by these reactions - they suggested he was onto something.

The exhibition is being held at Garden Court Chambers until the end of Febraury, it is open to members of the public by appointment. If you are interested in booking an appointment please email

Click here to read the programme.

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