The Ingram Collection is a unique private collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art, the vision of media entrepreneur and philanthropist Chris Ingram. He started collecting in 2002 and since then it has become a constantly expanding collection which includes work by the major artists of the 20th century, and also explores the work of emerging artists of the 21st century, such as Aleah Chapin and Haroon Mirza. The Ingram Collection spans over 100 years of British Art and includes works in oil and on paper, sculptures, installations and videos. Chris is passionate about sharing the collection and wants as many people as possible to enjoy it.
The main focus of The Ingram Collection is on the art movements which developed in them early and middle decades of the 20th Century, art which responded to the influence of the two world wars, and art which challenged the usual and the regular. It features a broad base of artists with particularly strong groups of works by William Roberts, Edward Burra, Keith Vaughan, John Tunnard, John Craxton and Richard Eurich. The sculpture holdings are significant, featuring works by artists such as, amongst others, Elisabeth Frink, Barbara Hepworth, Robert Adams, Kenneth Armitage, Reg Butler, Lynn Chadwick, Geoffrey Clarke, Robert Clatworthy, Sir Jacob Epstein, Eric Gill, Bernard Meadows, Eduardo Paolozzi, William Turnbull and Leon Underwood.
A new and growing element to The Collection is the interest in contemporary and emerging artists. With his involvement in, and support for, the M.A. students from the major art schools in London, Chris Ingram has bought work from recently graduated artists. These range from tradition works in oils and on paper, to installation and video. Several of the artists represented in The Collection are now gaining international reputations; Haroon Mirza, Suki Chan and Alexander Hoda. Chris is also interested in how outsiders and disadvantaged groups paint and draw.
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John Northcote Nash, R.A. (1893-1977), Bristol Docks, pencil and watercolour, 11 3/4 x 14 3/4 in. (29.8 x 37.5 cm.), copyright The Estate of John Nash
Sir Anthony Caro, O.M., R.A. (1924-2013), Writing Piece – Hand, 1978, wood and steel, varnished, 61 cm. copyright Barford Sculptures Ltd
John Armstrong, A.R.A. (1893-1973), Roads, 1941-3, tempera on paper laid on board, 77 x 115 cm. copyright Estate of John Armstrong
Dame Barbara Hepworth (1930-1975), Fenestration of the Ear (The Microscope), 1948, pencil and oil on gesso-prepared board, 13 3/4 x 18 in. copyright Bowness, Hepworth Estate