On the opening night there was an excellent reception with about 250 invited guests in the main Bond Street display room. The paintings were displayed around the walls and there were several large vertical glass cabinets showing the preliminaries and work-up sketches for the larger works. Guests were welcomed by Robert Brooks, who outlined his own family problems with post war stress, before handing over to a representative of the charity who showed a short film of their work in helping ex-service personnel.
Dexter had been working for over a year on the paintings and he confessed that it had taken over his life much to the detriment of his other art interests. Surprisingly all the art was signed Dexter Brown, none of it by his alter-ego de Bruyne. Possibly some of the earlier subjects could have benefited from de Bruyne’s Impressionist work? Also there was none of Dexter’s other love of wild life art.
Stirling Moss, Gouache and pencil 26x42 cm