In the forties Joash did National Service as a cartographer in Egypt. This picture was taken around 1948, before he went to the Royal College of Art but after he had spent time at Leeds College of Art.
Self Portrait Fragment of pencil and wash drawing Soft pencil on CP 26 x 18.5cm Signed and dated 1954 Image courtesy of the Joash Woodrow Collection and 108 Fine Art
Joash’s House in Leeds The house where Joash made work in Leeds for over 40 years.
When we visited Andrew Stewart at 108 Fine Art in Harrogate we got a real sense of the different materials that Joash used to paint on and with – basically anything he could get his hands on. This is the back of one of the pictures that he painted on sack cloth – making hisContinue reading “Sack Cloth Canvas”
Some people are great at telling stories. Saul Woodrow is one of those people. On Thursday we spent the afternoon at his house learning more about Joash and his life. For three hours, like a seasoned performer, Saul had us engrossed in the story of his brother, his family and himself. With the help ofContinue reading “Some People Are Great Story Tellers”
Joash Woodrow was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire of Polish Jewish parents, and was one of eight siblings. He studied at Leeds College of Art, and from 1950 – 1953 the Royal College of Art, where his contemporaries included Peter Blake and Frank Auerbach. Shortly after graduating, Woodrow suffered from a nervous breakdown. He returnedContinue reading “More About Joash”
He wanted to get out of the rain. To be dry for a while before he had to go back outside and carry on with his journey. He didn’t really have any money to spend but he liked books so he browsed slowly through the shelves of that cluttered and dusty place. Carefully he liftedContinue reading “On a rainy afternoon a man walked into a bookshop.”
Joash Woodrow – the man who this is all about. A quiet man. A brother. A Yorkshire Man. A Graduate of the Royal College of Art. A friend. An artist.