About this event:
[17.09.19] Colquhoun scholar Richard Shillitoe has curated Surrealism, Occultism & Sexuality, Ithell Colquhoun’s first London exhibition since 1977.
Born in India, Colquhoun studied at The Slade and engaged with the Surrealist movement both in France and England before being expelled from the London group for refusing to curtail her esoteric interests. Withdrawing full-time to Cornwall, she became increasingly concerned with occult activity. Her researches led her to engage with Druidry, Freemasonry, Martinism, and ceremonial magic. Colquhoun was also a member of the Ordo Templi Orientis, an order which followed in the tradition of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and in later life she became a Priestess of the Fellowship of Isis. Many of these influences can be seen in the works on display in the exhibition.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with texts by Richard Shillitoe & Alyce Mahon. The private view will also be the occasion for the book launch for Medea’s Charms by Ithell Colquhoun, published by Peter Owen.