Cyril Mann: The Solid Shadow Paintings

28 Nov 2018

Event times

Monday - Friday 10am -6pm
Saturday 11am - 4pm

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Piano Nobile

London, United Kingdom


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  • Holland Park

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Piano Nobile is pleased to present Cyril Mann: The Solid Shadow Paintings, an arresting series of works exhibited together for the first time since their creation in the 1950s.


Mann’s solid shadow paintings use bold colours and crisp outlines to give ordinary objects extraordinary force and weight - a style and subject matter embraced a decade later by Pop Art.

Throughout his career Mann observed the effects of natural light. He started painting shadows after moving into a dingy flat above a gold bullion dealer in Old Street, London. With barred windows severely restricting the amount of sunlight entering the flat, Mann was forced to paint under the glare of a lightbulb. He observed the line that connects an object with its shadow and chose to depict it as a solid object in its own right, as substantial as the bottles, plates and fruit on the table before him.

Cyril Mann: The Solid Shadow Paintings will also include works from the artist’s estate - many on display for the first time. Later work by Patrick Caulfield, Michael Craig-Martin and the American artist John Wesley will also be on display, demonstrating how the solid shadow paintings prefigured their saturated colours and boldly delineated style.

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Exhibiting artists

Cyril Mann


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