What happens when an acclaimed artist loses his sight? The extraordinary story of British painter, Sargy Mann
Sargy Mann was a British landscape and figurative painter. He was acclaimed as a colourist, and his diverse works are recognisable by their rich colour palette, distinct composition and a desire to capture a sense of light and space.
Mann's distinctive vision was deeply influenced by Bonnard and Cezanne, but his paintings remain remarkably original. Affected by failing vision from the age of 36, Mann was compelled to find new ways of seeing and working - this creative liberation produced a celebrated body of work that continued after his total loss of sight in 2005.
You can learn more about his extraordinary story in a new exhibition next month at the Attenborough Arts Centre, part of the University of Leicester. The show, which has been developed in close collaboration with the artist's family, is the most significant public showing of Mann's work to date and draws from all periods of his career. It includes an extensive collection of paintings and drawings, alongside never previously exhibited archival material, photographs and audio recordings that reveal fascinating insights into Mann's practice.