Sunday, 27 September 2009

Peter Cartwright painter

Peter Cartwright.

I really admire this abstract painter from Derby. I first saw his work at Bend in the River stand at the London art fair two years ago. His retrospective has just finished this month in Derby and showed his varied output since he left the Royal College of Art in the early 60s. His paintings from the mid 90s were an interesting comparison to his early stuff, work which could be both painting and sculpture. Some of his work in the 80s was like Patrick Heron in terms of colour form and surface, with wobbly edges. Some were clever wall mounted constructions, with watercolour paper shaped to painted frames. I love his handling of paint, and it was interesting to see how drawing plays a central role in his practice, and how it looks pleasingly odd on the surface, with glimpses of underlayering. Some of his recent work (burntbillbunting) is like a tribute to De kooning, with its battered and built look. Who else shares this artists' concerns?

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