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Furnival, John, 1933-



  • Existence: 1933

John Furnival was born in London in 1933, educated at the Royal College of Art, and taught at the Bath Academy of Art in Corsham in the 1960s-1970s. He and poets Ian Hamilton Finlay, Dom Sylvester Houédard, Henri Chopin and Tom Phillips expanded the genre of concrete poetry to pioneer the broader concept of visual poetry. Furnival founded the small presses, Openings and Openings-Closings, to disseminate concrete poetry and visual poetry. He exhibited in the first international exhibition of “Experimental Poetry” in Oxford in 1965 and has continued to participate in international poetry exhibitions in the subsequent decades, including “The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century” at the South Bank Centre, 2015. His artwork and poetry is in collections worldwide, including the Tate, the Getty, and Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry.

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Ian Hamilton Finlay Correspondence

Identifier: MS35
Abstract Poet Ian Hamilton Finlay was born in 1925 in Nassau, Bahamas, but relocated to Scotland with his family as a child. This collection contains letters between Ian Finaly or his wife Sue Finlay and literary friends John Furnival and Derek and Peggie Stanford.