The Esther B. O’Keeffe Gallery
Saturday, December 2, 2017 through Sunday January 14, 2018
An exhibition organized by the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, and The Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, Florida.
Winston Churchill, the great wartime leader and prime minister of Britain, was already 40 when he began to paint. One Sunday he picked up a paint- box belonging to one of his children and it was the start of a lifelong passion. Over the next 45 years, Churchill went on to create more than 500 works of art. These “joy rides in a paint-box,” as he came to refer to painting, became a refuge for Churchill who struggled with what he called his “black dog days.” This intensely personal exhibition includes 28 paintings along with rarely seen photos, film clips, artistic portraits and historic memorabilia. “Painting is complete as a distraction,” Churchill wrote. “I know nothing which without exhausting the body more entirely absorbs the mind. Whatever the worries of the hour or the threats of the future, once the picture has begun to flow along, there is no room for them in the mental screen.”
- Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
- Admission is $5 | No charge for Four Arts members and children 14 and younger
- Please note: Photography is not permitted
- Group Tours information
Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 11 a.m.
Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium | No charge
Artist Edwina Sandy’s, granddaughter of Winston Churchill, will discuss the life and art of Winston Churchill.
Above: Frank O. Salisburgh (British 1874-1962), “Blood Sweat and Tears,” 1943, Oil on canvas, Collection: David & Jillian Gilmour (c) Estate Salisbury.