The Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery at Conway Street is hosting the first solo exhibition of London-based artist Joan Dannatt. The retrospective in January is in celebration of Dannatt’s 90th birthday.

Painting of trees in garden.
Fitzroy Square, 1953. Painting by Joan Dannatt.

Born into a literary family in Highgate she went on to study design and typography. While at Reading University she helped organise a hidden printing press for resistance should the Germans invade. She later worked in advertising before marrying the architect Trevor Dannatt. In the 1950s she moved to Fitzroy Square and then to Canonbury in Islington. She gave up her advertising career to concentrate on her two children and her own art.

A member of the Islington Art Society and the N1 Group, as well as Camden Printmakers, she has appeared in group shows in Holland, France and America, including Printmaker’s Council exhibitions at the Festival Hall and the Royal Exchange Manchester. She has been a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

The story of Joan Dannatt’s life and career is illustrated through this collection of works, dating back from 1933 to the present day.

Joan Dannatt, 90th birthday exhibition, 19-31 January 2015, at Rebecca Hossack Gallery, 2A Conway Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 6BA. Note: the dates were originally 8-31 of January but have been changed at short notice.