“Church” Jehan Daly 1958 (pronounced John) Oil on canvas/board.
Jehan Daly (1918-2001)
Daly was an extraordinarily gifted draughtsman, the envy and inspiration of what has become known as the East Kent School. John Ward recollected, ‘he worked for thirty years oblivious of fashion and undisturbed by the fluctuations of acclaim, but this was his protection, enabling him to produce a body of work quite unlike anything else produced in this country’. He worked with a concentration which ‘recalls Gwen John’s lonely preoccupation of pursuing only what she thought was right’.
Daly was the son of a French mother and an Irish father, the painter William Edward Daly (1879-1961). He joined the Royal College of Art in 1937 where he met John Ward and studied under Gilbert Spencer, who, as John Ward remembered, ‘had no influence on Jehan. Spencer recognised that they were both oddities, and they got on because of that.
53 x 43cm