Glyn Philpot at Pallant House

Flesh and Spirit, until October 23

Portrait of Henry Thomas, 1934/35, courteesy of Pallant House

There’s an interesting narrative arc to the career of the English painter Glyn Philpot (1884-1937), who started out as a conventional high-society portrait painter, and ended up as an experimental Thirties Modernist, exploring issues of race, religion and sexuality.

Pallant House is showing a major exhibition of his work – a long overdue reappraisal of this neglected 20th-century British artist – exploring his shift in style and thematic choice, drawing upon over eighty works, many of them unseen in public for decades.

He became particularly known for his sensitive portraits of black sitters – including his muse Henry Thomas – and representation of homosexual themes. “Central to the exhibition” say the curation team, “will be an exploration of how these relate to wider dialogues about identity and representation in modern art”.