Old Pocklingtonian brothers Ed (82-92) and Jonny Sumner (83-94) collaborate in the Sumner Exhibition of fine art taking place at Pocklington Arts Centre from 15 January to 1 March 2014. Both inspired by the inimitable Yorkshire and its countryside, Ed shows a collection of oil paintings on canvas whilst Jonny exhibits charcoal and graphite drawings of “the Sport of Kings”.
The Headmaster, Mark Ronan, attended the preview evening on 15 January and officially unveiled a specially commissioned Quincentenary painting of the school.
In his address the Headmaster said: “Before unveiling this painting of Pocklington School I would like to congratulate both Ed and Jonny on their ‘Sumner Exhibition 2014’. The quality of their work is truly excellent and we are proud that some of this innate talent was nurtured at Pocklington School.
“As many of you will know, Ed concentrates on oil canvases whilst Jonny tends to work in pencil and is best known for his drawings of horses and racing scenes.
“For our 500th birthday we wanted a large oil of the front of the school that captured our historic relationship with the town and in particular the parish church. Thus we commissioned Ed to undertake a fresh and colourful painting. You won’t be surprised to learn that in the spirit of fraternity, Jonny offered to help his brother out by framing the finished work.
“In due course we will be hanging the painting prominently in the school, but for now it is my privilege as Headmaster of Pocklington School to unveil our quincentenary painting and ask you to join me in congratulating the artist.”
He then invited the brothers to unveil the painting which will also be available to purchase as a smaller limited edition framed print.
Jonny commented “We are very pleased with how the evening went and the interest shown in all aspects of our work. Really good that the school got involved too, to my knowledge we have 6 orders for the limited edition print already. “
Amongst those attending the preview evening were a number of former and current teaching staff including: Sue Sumner, Pat Boden, Mike and Margaret Newhouse, David Nuttall, Malcolm Milne, Peter Edwards, Clare Swann, Rob Peel, Andrew Dawes and Dan Cimmerman.