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Very Sad and unexpected passing of Bernard Lavell - FoSOC Vice President and Artist

Sunday 26th January 2020

FoSOC Vice-President Bernard Lavell sadly passed away on the 15th December 2019 and his funeral was held on the 21st January 2020 at St Edmund’s Church on The Avenue.
Bernard Lavell was born in Leeds in 1937 and grew up in Pudsey, Yorkshire, where he attended a local Grammar School before joining the Yorkshire woolen textile industry to learn the trade of cloth finishing and dying. He has been drawing and painting since childhood, with sketchbooks going back to 1953. He first exhibited at Leeds City Art Gallery in 1965, moved to Northumberland in 1970 and was registered with ‘The British Craft Council’ as an artist weaver. After living in Surrey and Belgium he came to Southampton in 1987 and spent some time on the committees of Southampton Art Society and the Friends of The Museums Archives and Art Galleries (FoSMAG) being, at one time secretary of both societies.
Bernard has exhibited widely, with many works in private collections both in the UK and abroad, and with some topographical works in the Southampton Heritage Collection, The Yorkshire Dales Museum and the Pudsey Civic Society. Publications: ‘A History of Ferry Works, Thames Ditton’; forty illustrations for ‘Ruby’s Quest – A Robin’s Tale’ by Diana Spratt; illustrations for two FoSOC booklets by David Jacobs; articles on art history and illustrations for various local publications, including Dr. Anne Anderson’s book for the 150th anniversary of the Southampton Art School (Now Solent University). He had a commission from John Lewis to produce a series of paintings for their Southampton Store, which we believe was the old Tyrrells’s and Green store Above Bar. He has completed 224 sketches in 6 display folios for FoSOC and is, at present painting watercolour studies of British birds for exhibition in the Yorkshire Dales.
FoSOC will miss Bernard a lot, as will many of the associations he was also involved with over the years.
First two photos taken by Bruce Larner