Featured Artists 2020
Mark Lewis
By Mark Lewis

January 2020

Featured Artists 2020

Symonds & Sampson will be featuring artwork on the covers of their collective property auction catalogues during 2020. George Dannatt’s striking work, Blue Rift has been chosen for the cover of the auction to be held on 21 February in Wimborne.

George Dannatt (1915–2009) – Blue Rift, 1995

George Dannatt (1915-2009) was born, lived and worked in London before retiring with his wife Ann Dannatt (1919-2019) to the Wiltshire home that they had purchased in 1957 and  redesigned and extended for their retirement In 1981.

George combined two successful careers – as a chartered surveyor and and music critic with a steadfast commitment to his life as an artist, photographer, art collector and philanthropist.  

His career as a trainee surveyor began in 1935, as an articled pupil to surveyors, land and estate agents, attending London University's College of Estate Management. He qualified as a Fellow of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and joined the family estate management business Blake and Dannatt in July 1940, but was called to national service until he was invalided from the army in 1944.  

On his return to civilian life George and his wife Ann who was previously a Property Manager for the Commissioners of Crown Lands, worked together at Blake and Dannatt until their retirement.  

George’s style of artwork is described as “abstract’.  During  the course of his successful  career he  produced paintings, relief  constructions , collages and drawings  - and often enjoyed assembling ‘found objects’ from the landscape. 

George has often been associated with the St Ives School artists because he visited Cornwall regularly and was influenced by artists such as Terry Frost (1915-2003 )and John Wells (1907-2000) who lived and worked there.  

In 1986  George and Ann established a charitable trust: The George Dannatt Trust "to further the education of the public in the visual arts".    The work of the Trust  continues through the donation of works of art and funding  to museums, galleries, cultural and charitable organisations, with some of the collection at Dorset County Museum in Dorchester.

Further information about the work of The George Dannatt Trust can be found here

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