'The happy valley', Blaise Drummond

Painting of a tree with its roots showing and an office building behind a lake in the background

Oil, gloss, ink and collage on canvas, 167.5 x 127 cm

We have come a long way.

The unité de grandeur conforme at Marseille had two aims. The first: to provide with silence and solitude before the sun, space and greenery, a dwelling which will be the perfect receptacle for the family. The second: to set up, in God’s good nature, under the sky and in the sun, a magisterial work of architecture, the product of rigour, grandeur, nobility, happiness and elegance.

From Blue Ridge to the Shores of Lake Eden.

On the first day of the fall semester a group of faculty and students drove over to Lake Eden to begin construction on the studies wing, the only one actually built. The three-storey structure was two hundred feet long and twenty-eight feet wide. When completed it provided two faculty apartments, fifty-nine individual student studies, in addition to a large ground-floor room for art classes...

In the first year a vegetable garden was started by Norman Weston and other interested community members. The college leased a twenty-five acre farm with a vineyard and apple orchard in exchange for repairs to the farm buildings, and soon chickens as well as beef and pork were added.

Ralph Borsodi’s Flight from the City (1933) and Alvin Johnson’s The Happy Valley (Yale Review, June 1933) were read with enthusiasm.


Blaise Drummond was born in Liverpool in 1967. He studied at Edinburgh University 1985-89, National College of Art and Design Dublin 1990-94 and Chelsea College of Art 1997-98. His one-person exhibitions include a Short Discourse on Nature and Culture Crawford Art Gallery Cork 1996, three at the Rubicon Gallery Dublin 1997, 2000 and 2003, and Galerie Loevenbruck Paris 2004. He was included in John Moores 20 1997 and 21 1999. Recent group shows include East International Norwich 2001, No Subject, No Object, No Matter IMMA Dublin 2002 and Amnesty International IMMA Dublin 2004.