Cuillin Bantock - Land & Sea14. May - 7. Jun 14 / ended The Horsebox Gallery
Free Entry. All works available for sale. Exhibition at 2 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8JU
10 - 6 pm
Cuillin Bantock - Land & Sea Minimal Landscape Paintings
British abstract artist and renowned scientist has started to make waves in the London Art scene at 79years old. Cuillin Bantock currently paints from his studio in Hackney, London. After decades of painting Bantock’s collection will be revealed to a wider audience through exhibitions, talks and media launching in Spring 2014 through representation with touring gallery and consultancy The Horsebox Gallery.
“ ‘more or less’ gives way to the old saw ‘less is more’, where in quite simple terms one looks for ‘something beyond’, quieter, emptier, but at the same time not in the least flaccid, indeed tougher. Put it all another way. Life is complicated enough already, so why add to that with yet more complexity?” Cuillin Bantock
International recognition has come later for the 79 year old British scientist and painter Cuillin Bantock. Similarities in story have been drawn between Bantock and American painter Carmen Herrera who has only recently taken the American art market by storm at 94. Considered by some the British equivalent, with his late entrance to the market.
Although Bantock is less rigid and softer in both approach and palette, both have strove for formal simplicity and a sense of colour and space in their work with scientific precision. Cuillin Bantock is a British Oxford graduate and professor of Zoology, expert in developmental cytogenetics and comes from a family of highly accomplished British composers.
He later became a 60’s graduate of Camberwell College of Art. He was born in the Midlands and spent his childhood on the wild desolate coastline of Northern Wales. Returning to full time painting in 1989 Cuillin applies his scientific knowledge to his painting juxtaposed with a natural flair for colour, texture, space and light. Working with what he calls a ‘catholic’ choice of media; oil, acrylic, watercolour, gouache,conte crayon and lino cuts, Cuillin pieces are figurative and non figurative heavily influenced by his childhood home. Cuillin first exhibited in 1956 with The Royal Society of Painters.
Since his return to full time painting he has exhibited in solo and mixed shows across the UK, predominantly in London. He has also exhibited in Canada and the US.
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