12 Feb 2020 – 27 Mar 2020

Regular hours

10:30 – 17:30
10:30 – 17:30
10:30 – 17:30

Austin / Desmond fine Art

London, United Kingdom


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  • Holborn / Tottenham Ct. Rd

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Austin/Desmond Fine Art presents an exhibition of drawings that brings together a group of British artists whose diverse use of the line is central to their work.


The exhibition features a number of studies of the human form, including a drawing by Henri Gaudier- Brzeska who, during his short career, produced dynamic studies of semi abstracted figures. Juxtaposed against this early 20th century example are the works of contemporary artist Emma Cousin. Cousin creates a tangled network of bodies, an unsteady structure which mirrors our inherently unstable notions of identity.

Also included is a stone carving by Barry Flanagan. ‘Tantric Figures’ 1973 was inspired by objects Flanagan had seen in ‘Tantra’, an exhibition of Tantric art at the Hayward Gallery held in 1971 and was exhibited in the British Pavilion at the 1982 Venice Biennale. The work highlights the fact that drawing is not limited to the medium of paper. Contemporary artist Nicola Durvasula’s abstract works similarly take inspiration from tantric imagery, both for their formal compositions  and for their use as spiritual tools, transcending what you see on the page.

Other highlights comprise a rare sketchbook by Ben Nicholson from c.1945, a study for ‘Late Morning 2’ 1967 by Bridget Riley and a group of watercolours by contemporary painter Nick Goss who recently had a one man show at Pallant House.

Artists include: Edward Allington, John Banting, Edward Bawden, Basil Beattie, Patrick Caulfield, Prunella Clough, Emma Cousin, Nicola Durvasula, Barry Flanagan, Naum Gabo, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Nick Goss, Alan Green, Roger Hilton, David Hockney, Peter Lanyon, Bob Law, Wyndham Lewis, Kenneth Martin, Ben Nicholson, Eduardo Paolozzi, Bridget Riley and Colin Self.

An exhibition of paintings, drawings and photographs by Keith Vaughan will be shown simultaneously in the downstairs gallery.

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Exhibiting artists

Edward Allington

John Banting

Peter Lanyon

Barry Flanagan

Alan Green

Patrick Caulfield

Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

Wyndham Lewis

Edward Bawden

Colin Self

Basil Beattie

Naum Gabo

Bridget Riley

Emma Cousin

Ben Nicholson

Roger Hilton

Kenneth Martin

Eduardo Paolozzi

David Hockney

David Hockney

Bob Law

Nicola Durvasula

Prunella Clough

Nick Goss


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