Ashamed to say I had never heard of locally born John Cecil Stephenson – now amazed!

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 – 1965) was born in Bishop Auckland but after Darlington and Leeds Art School and the RCA mostly worked in London where he, apparently, knocked around with some big sloshers, chippers, and molders – Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Piet Mondrian, Naum Gabo, Henry Moore, et al.  Forerunner for Bridget Riley (and other op artists) and spot man – Damien Hurst?
A “must see” exhibition ‘Pioneer of Abstraction’ in Durham until 29/4 &

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