Woking, The Lightbox, The Ingram Collection: Sea Pictures, 16 January – 21 March 2010;
Chichester, Otter Gallery, University of Chichester, Ingram Loan Exhibition, March – April 2012;
Woking, The Lightbox, The Ingram Collection: Dreams and Nightmares, 22 May – 15 July 2012;
Woking, The Lightbox, Landscapes of the Mind, January – February 2013;
Woking, The Lightbox, The Ingram Collection: The Impact of War, 15 October 2014 – 4 January 2015;
Bristol, Royal West of England Academy, Drawing On, 21 March – 7 June 2015
Although John Minton was dedicated to painting, his reputation depended largely on his skill as an illustrator. The eclectic Minton was a celebrity of London’s bohemia and a key figure of British Neo-Romanticism in the 1940s. Neo-Romantic painters reflected the sombre feelings in the aftermath of the Second World War in a rich and visually intense way. Invalided out of the army in 1943, he visited Corsica to work on illustrations for the book Time was Away, by Alan Ross. Between 1946 and 1952 Minton shared a house with Keith Vaughan and it is easy to see the close similarities in the work they produced at this time. Minton was attracted to exotic places in search of new subjects. Depression and alcoholism led to his suicide in 1957.