Roger Dean Paintings Acquired by Isle of Man Collectors

During the latter half of 2016, the Manx Museum held a highly successful three month exhibition by the acclaimed artist Roger Dean, perhaps most well known for his iconic album cover designs for Yes, Asia, Uriah Heep and Osibisa plus the original Virgin Records logo.

The art and works of Roger Dean are included in the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum and in discerning private collections around the world.

The Isle of Man exhibition, entitled “Islands and Bridges”, included 26 of his most well known paintings, plus some of the architectural models on which his unique building designs are based.

At the same time, the Isle of Man post office released a set of six unique stamps featuring five of his album cover artworks, plus a sixth painting, The Meeting Place, inspired by Niarbyl where Roger had visited on one of his recent visits to the Island. Roger hosted several sessions at the exhibition with local artists and students of all ages and the visitors included many who had travelled to the Island especially to view the collection.

The exhibition closed in November and the paintings travelled on to other exhibitions in the UK, Singapore and Miami. However, a number of the original pieces plus sketches and prints returned to the Island in late December to the Sayle Gallery so that for the first time they would be available for purchase in the Isle of Man. There is a continuous display at the Sayle Gallery in Douglas, supported by the Sleepwell Hotel group.


Interest in Roger’s work from Island residents has continued and now four of his paintings, Pathways at Night (from the YES Progeny album set), plus two studies created for the Moody Blues guitarist John Lodge as the cover design for Natural Avenues and a further study, Space Tree, have been acquired by Island resident art collectors at their catalogue valuations. These have gone into a private collection on the Island.

Three further major works, plus a range of local interest edition prints currently remain on exhibition at the Sayle Gallery, which has become the established location on the Isle of Man for original works and fine art prints by Roger Dean. Roger is also continuing to develop architectural projects for clients on the Island including both residential and holiday village concepts.


The John Nicholson Annual £500 Bursary Award

The Foundation is an Island charity which was founded following the death of John Hobson Nicholson in 1988. John was the only British artist of the 20th century to have designed coins, stamps and banknotes. His outstanding talent was recognised worldwide and he was awarded membership of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours.

The object of the Foundation as specified by John is to “advance visual arts in the Isle of Man……by way of grants, awards bursaries or prizes “.

Since its formation, the Foundation has supported many local artists and recently it has been able to make an annual bursary award of £500 as well as other minor awards at the discretion of the Council of Management. The 2016 /17 Bursary holder is Robin Burchill from KWC.

Applications are now invited for the 2017/18 Award. The Bursary Year will run from October 1st 2017 until September 30th 2018 Applications should be addressed to the Secretary at the above address and must be received by Friday May 19th 2017.

All applications should include:-
Full details of the applicant………………………………….
(e.g., Name, address, age, email, contact Tel. No., etc.)

Name and details of proposer…….. (Tutor, teacher if applicable. Applicants can apply without a proposer).

Your preferred medium……………….
(John Nicholson worked in water colour, oil, pastel, charcoal and pencil, but all media will be considered).

Tell us why you would benefit from this award.
…………….. ………………..
(Applicants will be preferred for whom this award will enable them to expand potential that otherwise might be constrained financially).

If you would like more details regarding the Bursary or wish to apply for assistance from the Foundation (i.e. young artists needing help with materials etc.)., please contact the secretary at:

Secretary: R G Barrs
Ballakewin Olde Farm
Foxdale Road