Now in its third year, Fortnum’s X Frank makes a triumphant return with a formidable collection of works, many previously unseen, from the distinguished modern British artist, John Virtue.

The exhibition features over 60 large-scale monochromatic works by Virtue, placed throughout the home of Fortnum & Mason, in the heart of Piccadilly. The works have been brought to you in collaboration with eminent art collector, Frank Cohen, and curated by Robert Upstone, former Director of The Fine Art Society and former Head of Modern British Art at Tate.

John Virtue is one of the most distinguished painters working today in the United Kingdom. Having trained at the Slade School of Fine Art and now residing in North Norfolk, Virtue’s practice is continually informed by natural environments and his geographical moving from Lancashire to Devon, to London, and now to Norfolk.

Virtue’s idiosyncratic black and white canvases, created using a mix of white acrylic paint, black ink and shellac, will provide a provocative juxtaposition among the iconic Fortnum’s colours and gilt. The works chosen include abstract landscapes that challenge the viewer to see beyond the paint to make out landmark sites.

Awarded the post of Associate Artist at the prestigious National Gallery, this will be the first time since 2005 that such an extensive oeuvre of works from John Virtue has been seen in London.

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(Image Credit: Fortnum’s X Frank 2018, Ewan Venters, John Virtue, Frank Cohen, Courtesy Fortnum & Mason, Credit Phillip Sinden)