The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is delighted to present John Virtue: The Sea, an exhibition featuring a spectacular new body of work by this renowned British painter. The nine canvases, 25 drawings and 70 sketchbooks, all executed in the last three years, will be displayed in two galleries.
The paintings are vast in scale and have a powerful presence, the black and white paint freely applied to the raw canvas surface with brushes, hands and rags. Virtue works solely in black and white: all his paintings are executed on canvas, using white acrylic paint, black ink and shellac. He abandoned colour à' which he considers to be a distraction à' for the monochrome palette that reveals the draughtsman as well as the painter.
Works by John Virtue are represented in numerous public and private collections including Tate, British Museum, Arts Council England, Yale Center for British Art, USA, and the Queensland Museum and Gallery for Modern Art, Australia.
John Virtue à' The Sea is generously supported by Marlborough Fine Art, London, where the second part of the exhibition will be shown from 30 April to 31 May 2014.
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