Four Contemporary Artists

13 Jan 2014 – 15 Feb 2014

Osborne Samuel

London, United Kingdom


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Paintings by John Blackburn, Brendan Stuart Burns, John Golding & Anthony Whishaw


John Blackburn needs no introduction; in 2013 he had his fourth and most successful exhibition since joining us in 2005 with sales of a new large triptych to an important collection in Abu Dhabi, another large important 1961 painting sold to a Taiwanese collection, other works to the USA including two recent paintings sold at last December's Art Miami and to a loyal base of UK collectors. Brendan Stuart Burns is almost completely new to us apart from being part of the collection we exhibited in January 2008 titled Masterpieces of Modern British Art Selected works from The Derek Williams Trust and Amgueddfa Cymru — The National Museum Wales. The Pembrokeshire coast has been his central inspiration and influence for the past fifteen years, where light, reflection, refraction, colour, journey, surface texture and the ambiguity of space, coupled with a personal correspondence with belief, identity and upbringing have created a distinctive personal visual language. The results are outstanding painterly works with heavily applied impasto on natural linen with an ethereal quality that resonates. Burns has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including America, France, Belgium, Australia and Spain. John Golding (1929-2012) was an eminent art historian, best known for his seminal work on Cubism and as curator of important Picasso exhibitions, including two ground-breaking shows Picasso: Sculptor/Painter in 1994 for the Tate and Matisse/Picasso in 2002-03 also for the Tate, the Grand Palais in Paris and MoMA in New York. He is also one of the most underrated, intellectual and interesting painters of his generation. Born in Britain, brought up in Mexico, he began painting in the late 1950s and also taught history of art at the Courtauld Institute and the Royal College and was Slade professor at Cambridge. His paintings are typically large in format, with broad expanses of glowing colour; he described them as ‘basically reflective or contemplative'. Until recently the importance of Golding the artist has been overshadowed by his reputation as an eminent art historian. Anthony Whishaw is a distinguished Royal Academician, a painter and teacher who last exhibited with us in 2007. His large-scale works, many of which are diptychs and triptychs, can extend to four metres. Apart from regular exposure at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, Whishaw's paintings are widely seen in private collections and corporations. He has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the UK and abroad.

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