Monday, January 01, 2018

RIP - Art World Deaths in 2017

Before we move on into 2018, this is a look back at those  we lost from the world of art in 2017. 

Below are the videos, articles and blog posts created about the lives and artwork of those in the art world who died in 2017.

It's not everybody of course. If I don't know the name they're not included - and this list also has a very UK bias.

Those listed below are:
  • John Berger (1926-2017)age 90
  • Sir Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017) age 84
  • Pandora Sellars (1936-2017) age 80
  • Khadija Saye (1992-2017) age 24
  • Bernard Dunstan (1920-2017) age 97
  • David Shepherd (1931-2017) age 86
Note the ages!
Looks like being an artist is a recipe for a long life.... unless you die a tragic death....


John Berger

Blog posts:

  • John Berger (1926 - 2017) Videos and Obituaries



Sir Howard Hodgkin RA

Howard Hodgkin

Howard Hodgkin died on 9th March 2017 aged 84
Sir Gordon Howard Eliot Hodgkin CH CBE (1932 – 2017) was a British painter and printmaker. (his website)
Howard Hodgkin is widely regarded as one of Britain’s greatest artists and has been a central figure in contemporary art for over half a century. (Tate Press Release)


Painting was his life-long passion, of course – he knew that he wanted to be a painter and nothing but a painter from the age of five, immediately after he had drawn a picture of a woman with a red face and bushy hair – but he always found it difficult to talk about that which consumed him until his dying day.
The discreet exterior of Howard Hodgkin’s London home gave you no indication of the richness within


  • website
  • Exhibitions in 2017:
    • Absent Friends National Portrait Gallery, London from 23 March – 18 June 2017 - portraits by Hodgkin,
    • Painting India Hepworth Wakefield from 1 July to 8 October 2017 - exploring the influence of India on the artist’s work, at the  
    • Howard Hodgkin: India on Paper Victoria Art Gallery, Bath from 14 October 2017 – 7 January 2018


Pandora Sellars (1936-2017)

Pandora Sellars, whose paintings played a key role in the resurgence of botanical art in the UK - and across the world - died last week in her home county of Herefordshire.

Tribute to Pandora Sellars in the Herbarium at Kew

Blog posts:


Pandora did not have a website, however I've built a web page in her memory.



Khadija Saye (1992-2017)

Still from the BBC Three Video Short
Khadija Saye: the artist who tragically died in Grenfell Tower

Blog posts

Let's celebrate the work of Khadija Saye





Bernard Dunstan RA PPRWA NEAC (1920 - 2017)

Bernard Dunstan RA, PPRWA, NEAC, the longest serving Royal Academician, died at the age of 97 on 20th August 2017.

Blog posts

Newspaper articles



 This one is of Bernard Dunstan talking about the selection process for the Royal Academy of Art's world-renowned Summer Show



David Shepherd (1931-2017)

The death of David Shepherd CBE FRSA, the conservationist and renowned painter of planes, trains and wildlife, was announced by his family via his Foundation website on 19th September 2017, age 86. He was known as the man who liked painting - and saving - big things like "jumbos and locomotives".

Blog posts

Newspaper articles



1 comment:

John Simlett said...

For me, David Shepherd's early works, aircraft and dock scenes, sparked my need to draw/paint.

What a loss your list spells out.