'One must have a hunger for new colour, new shapes and new possibilities of discovery,' (Eileen Agar, "A Look at My Life," 1988).
As one of Britain's very few female Surrealists, Eileen Agar holds an important place in the history and development of British art. Alongside her surrealist influences, Agar believed in abstraction, seeking in her art "an imaginative playfulness." She was never one thing, nor the other, finding her own path throughout her career.
Agar's collages and works on paper are fascinating examples of an artist willing to try anything: to use any object to hand, to experiment with colour and form, rhythm and movement. The results can be beautiful and poignant, but also witty, startling, and ironic - and provide an insight into the wider development of this extraordinary artist.
The exhibition will include works on paper from 1930s to the 1980s.