Meet Mr Cass At Our Islington Flagship

by Cass Art

Cass Art is celebrating 30 Years this year, but the legacy of supporting the art industry runs much deeper than our founder Mark Cass's involvement. The Cass family has made contributions to the world of art for several generations. Mark's father, Wilfred Cass, has just published an autobiography that tells the story of his colourful career, drawing on his family history and navigating the twists and turns of both art and business.

“I’m certain there’s a little bit of artist’s pigment in our blood.”

In an inspiring true account, Mr Wilfred Cass explains how he fled Nazi Germany as a young boy, only to become an astute and prosperous businessman in England. Through memories of boarding school and the Second World War, Mr Cass tells for the first time how his innovative thinking dramatically altered the industries of electronics, retail and, of course, art.

Book Signing

We will be hosting a book signing at our Islington flagship on Saturday 5th July. Here you can meet both Mr Wilfred Cass and Mr Mark Cass, the CEO and Founder of Cass Art. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and get your copy of Here Comes Mr Cass signed.

Buy your book on the day and you’ll also get a free Limited Edition 30th Anniversary ‘Art in a Bag’ tote from Cass Art.

The event is free, so drop in any time between 12pm and 2pm. The book is priced at £10 and £5 of every sale will go towards the Cass Sculpture Foundation. 

Mr Wilfred Cass is turning 90 this year and still oversees the exciting commissions and projects for the Cass Sculpture Foundation. Mr Mark Cass is still committed to Cass Art’s mission of ‘Let’s Fill This Nation With Artists’ and is passionate about bringing you the best art materials at the best prices.

Here Comes Mr Cass

Follow his astounding career through the pages, from his first business fixing bikes to his genius inventions in radio and television, his launch of Image Bank UK to his incredible turnaround of the art’s supplier Reeves. He put sculpture out in the streets of London, founded the Cass Sculpture Foundation in his retirement, and was awarded an MBE in 2006 for his services to art.

His work has so far spanned an impressive seven decades and follows in the footsteps of his illustrious ancestors.

Cass Sculpture Foundation

The Cassirer family were unimaginably important to the art of the past; Paul Cassirer, Wilfred’s great uncle, was a major art dealer in the 1920s. He purchased work by van Gogh and Cézanne and consequently brought Impressionism to Europe. The art market, and painting as we know it, would be a very different place without his influence, and indeed, the influence of the Cass successors that followed.

van Gogh's Sunflowers, Here Comes Mr Cass

With the undeniable proof that art and business can go hand in hand, Mr Wilfred Cass goes on to detail his ambitious ‘retirement project’ – the Cass Sculpture Foundation. Illustrated with beautiful colour photographs and packed full of history, humour and honesty, Here Comes Mr Cass is a must-read for all art enthusiasts.

Tony Cragg, Cass Scuplture Foundation

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