12 December 2013 by Laura
We were very sad to hear the news of the artist Maurice Cockrill’s death last week. His connection with the Walker goes back to the 1960s when he lived in Liverpool.
Norman Killon from the Walker’s information desk met Maurice during his retrospective at the gallery. He shared some of his memories of Maurice with us:
“Although Maurice was part of the bohemian set of Liverpool 8 in the 60s I didn’t get to know him until his 1995 exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery when we seemed to hit it off immediately.
After, he moved to London and would later become the Keeper of the Royal Academy, but we kept in touch. He would return to Liverpool quite often and drop into the Walker. Each time he’d say “if you’re ever in London give me a call”.
The opportunity arose in 2009 when, along with two relatives, I went to see the Waterhouse exhibition at the R.A. I phoned Maurice when we arrived and much to our surprise and absolute joy he gave us a personal behind the scenes tour of the R.A, including his ‘on the premises’ flat, which had one of his paintings in progress.
The Walker has some remarkable works of his in its collection and a lasting link to an exceptional artist.
Maurice it was a privilege to know you.”
Sam Walsh’s ‘The Dinner Party’ which features Walsh’s friends and acquaintances including Maurice, is currently on display at the gallery.
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