12 September - 30 November 2018

Including works by:
John Banting

Artists include: John Banting, Helen Chadwick, Cecil Collins, Ithell Colquhoun, Dorothy Cross, Sam Haile, Tristram Hillier, Harry Hoodless, Judith Hopf, Leslie Hurry, Reuben Mednikoff, Yayoi Kusama, Allan Milner, Paul Nash, John Pemberton, Grace Pailthorpe, Roland Penrose, Peter Rose-Pulham, Humphrey Spender, Paula Rego, Julian Trevelyan, Günter Weseler, Catherine Yarrow.

Austin / Desmond Fine Art presents Nocturnal Union, an exhibition which brings together a selection of works of British surrealists presented alongside contemporary artists whose oeuvre continue to capture the ‘fantasies of nature’ and the ‘vividness of their dreams’.

“…(they) will point to the strange and disconcerting beauty of scribbles found on tempting walls, of objects found in unaccustomed places;...(they) will demonstrate the fantasies of nature and will ask everyone to admit the vividness of their dreams….(they) will oppose the conscious and the unconscious, the deed and the dream, truth and fable, reason and unreason, and out of these opposites he will in the dialectical process of his artistic activity create a new synthesis.” Herbert Reed, Surrealism Catalogue, 1936