ASPECTS OF MODERN BRITISH AND IRISH ART 2009

20 November - 22 December 2009

Including works by:
Stephen Buckley, Reg Butler, Patrick Caulfield, Lynn Chadwick, Prunella Clough, Cecil Collins, Robyn Denny, Gerard Dillon, Clifford Fishwick, Nigel Hall, Anthony Hill, Harry Holland, Mary Jewels, Peter Kinley, Bryan Kneale RA, Mary Martin, Margaret Mellis, Henry Moore, C. R. W. Nevinson, Ben Nicholson, Victor Pasmore, Tom Phillips, William Scott, Colin Self, Jack Smith, Ian Stephenson, John Tunnard, John Walker, John Wells

For the last twenty-five years Austin/Desmond Fine Art has held annual exhibitions of Modern British art. They were amongst the first galleries’ to pioneer a re-assessment of what was then regarded as a neglected period of British art. Their first Aspects of Modern British Art exhibition was held in 1984 in out-buildings at the Ascot home of one of their founders, William Desmond. From that first show they have exhibited work of the highest quality by most of Britain’s finest twentieth century artists, and those making their mark in the new millennium.  Austin Desmond’s illustrated catalogues include essays with annotated biographies and, in the pre-internet years, became a valuable source of information that helped to fill the existing void between these artists, their work and the public. They have produced important publications on Michael Ayrton, Paul Feiler, Anthony Hill, Wyndham Lewis, Margaret Mellis, Alexander Mackenzie, Ben Nicholson, Victor Pasmore and Keith Vaughan. Many of these catalogues are now collector’s items (as a search on www.abe.books.com bears out!).

Each of the Aspects of Modern British Art exhibitions have different emphasises to those of previous years. The selection of the work creates a unique blend of coincidences and artistic counterpoints that are informative and thought provoking. The forthcoming exhibition will contain several outstanding works from the 1940s, including pieces by John Tunnard, Prunella Clough and Cecil Collins. The new generation of sculptors who emerged in the 1950s will be represented by Reg Butler, Lynn Chadwick and Bryan Kneale. Also included will be examples of early career abstract paintings created between 1956-1960 by Jack Smith, Robyn Denny and Michael Sandle.

In this Autumn exhibition Austin/Desmond Fine Art has additionally placed together a significant group of 1960s ‘reliefs’ by the post-war British constructivists: Anthony Hill, Mary Martin and Victor Pasmore.  There will also be three abstract paintings, each from 1972, by Stephen Buckley, John Walker and Ian Stephenson. Although their works vary in scale and technique each artist was to become highly influential in the subsequent decades. The exhibition will also include works by Patrick Caulfield, Nigel Hall, Peter Kinley, Henry Moore, William Scott and Tom Phillips

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