7 February – Arts Society MA Leslie Primo – Cult of South Pacific “Cook to Gaugin”

The Arts Society Marina Alta.  Next meeting Feb 7th 2019.  The Cult of the South Pacific  “ Cook to Gaugin” with Leslie Primo.
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Marina Alta Arts Society will take place on Thursday 7th February 2019 at Salones Canor. Teulada (directions can be found on our website www.marinaaltaarts.com)All members will be welcome, doors open at 09:45 for registration and coffee will be available, for a prompt start at 10:15.
The meeting will be followed at 11:00, when guests will be welcomed, by the first presentation of our new season The Cult of the South Pacific by Leslie Primo.For further information, membership and details of our forthcoming presentations please refer to our totally new, and extraordinary informative, website : www.marinaaltaarts.com


The cult of the South Pacific  “ Cook to Gaugin” with Leslie Primo.


,The first meeting of the new season of the Arts Society Marina Alta will be held at Salones Canor Teulada on the 7th February 2019 at 11am
Those invitees who attended the introductory meeting of the new venture , which became The Arts Society , will remember the charming, charismatic and knowledgeable presenter Mr Leslie Primo from that time. And, will once again we trust, be thrilled with this presentation.
Leslie Primo studied Art History at London University, has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Reading and gives lectures, tours and special talks at both the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery. He has also presented a series of talks at the National Maritime Museum and the Courtauld Institute.

Leslie  is a graduate with a degree in Art History and an MA in Renaissance Studies from Birkbeck, University College, London.


He currently lectures at the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, and teaches a variety of art history courses at Imperial College, London – South Kensington campus, the City Literary, Covent Garden, London and Bishopsgate Institute, Liverpool Street, London.


This lecture will look at the enduring Western obsession with, and invention of the so called ‘exotic’ or ‘noble savage’ starting with the first discovery of the Island of Tahiti in 1767 and charting the impact, through painted images of the island and their people, of the English and European influence in this part of the world through the eyes of not only Captain Cook and those who came before him, but also through the eyes of the artists that accompanied these pioneering voyages and into the 19th and early 20th century with the images of Gauguin. And to this end the lecture will look at how romanticised depictions of the island and its peoples by artists such as: William Hodges (1744-1797), Benjamin West (1738-1820), John Webber (1751-1793), and John Cleveley (c.1712-1777), and indeed those of Paul Gauguin (1848 – 1903), not only bolstered these notions in the minds of Europeans, but helped to perpetuate and invent the Western notion of the exotic and the myth of paradise.Leslie has presented this enthralling lecture in far away places including New Zealand and Australia.
As has become standard fare, a glass of wine & soft drinks will be available to members & guests to allow socialising with the Committee and Speaker after the lecture.
For further details of the Society and programme for 2019 see our website www.marinaaltaarts.com or for membership membership@marinaaltaarts.com.