Part three of my recent chat with David Cook. Click through to read…

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nullSchool IV -Barracuda under Skipjack Tuna, 1978

Part Three of my conversation with Richard Guest about Michael Andrews.

Read part one here & part two here!

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David: There were a number of large underwater paintings of fish swimming in the upstairs galleries. I was wondering how they fit into this…fish are potentially a banal subject. Obviously there is the parallel of floating, and a kind of luminosity to the surface and again the ambiguous relationship to photography. What do you make of them?

Richard: The fish paintings really do look like nothing so much as pretty paintings of fish. I’ve been staring at the painting above for a while and I’m getting nothing else from it. It’s very relaxing – like a fish tank. I feel distanced from the subject matter and it holds little to no meaning for me in art…

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Part two of my recent chat with David Cook…please click below…

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Lights VII – A Shadow, 1974

Part Two of my conversation with Richard Guest about Michael Andrews. Part One here.

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David: One thing Michael Andrews does not do is clearly set out his intention. I don’t think he has a program which is one of the reasons he appeals to me. The fusion of contemporary imagery (often through photographs), with a painterly surface and traditional, directly observed drawing further masks his thought process.

The Lights series is not really a series in a strict sense, but it is linked by the balloon viewpoints. This sensation of floating above things clearly appealed to him – of apprehending a very wide and distant view with nothing in the way and having a god-like clarity.  Lights VII seems to have the composition and handling of a Rothko, and the palette and light of a Corot. Abstract Expressionism…

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David Cook and I have been to another show. Please click through to read more…

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Andrews, Michael, 1928-1995; The Cathedral, The Southern Faces/Uluru (Ayers Rock)The Cathedral, The Southern Faces/Uluru (Ayers Rock), 1987

Earlier in the year, I visited the Michael Andrews show at the Gagosian Gallery in London with Richard Guest. We spent the next couple of months exchanging thoughts about the show. Definitely one of our toughest assignments: here are the results!

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David: I first came across Michael Andrews’ through his Ayers Rock paintings in the mid 1980s, some of which are in this show. I didn’t know quite what to make of them, but I was intrigued and have always tried to see his work when I get the chance – not that often. This is a really great show covering his entire career – an amazing show for a private gallery to mount. It’s clearly a sign that, twenty years after his death, his reputation is at last reaching the level it deserves. For too long he has been…

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Herbert Read Herbert Read Herbert Herbert Herbert Read (II), 2016Herbert Read, Herbert Read, Herbert, Herbert, Herbert Read (II)

Acrylic on canvas

2016

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Ashley Lily Scarlett and I are engaged in a conversation in pictures called Between Scarlett and Guest. Check it out.

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And David Cook and I are reviewing each other’s record collections one disc at at time. Check out Zzzounds!

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Mario Lautier Vella, 2017– Mario Lautier Vella, 2017 –

This was taken at Mario Lautier Vella‘s private view for his exhibition of paintings, drawings and collages, Homebodies, 7th July 2017. The exhibition’s brilliant and I strongly urge you to visit. Details below:

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Ashley Lily Scarlett and I are engaged in a conversation in pictures and it’s called Between Scarlett and Guest. Check it out.

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The Ghost In Our Children (II) (Mummy's Boots), (1-4), 2016-7

The Ghost In Our Children (II) (Mummy’s Boots)

(panels one and two of four)

Acrylic on canvas

2016-7

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Ashley Lily Scarlett and I are engaged in a conversation in pictures called Between Scarlett and Guest. Check it out.

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And David Cook and I are reviewing each other’s record collections one disc at at time. Check out Zzzounds!

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The Ghost In Our Children (II) (Mummy's Boots), (3 and 4), 2016-7The Ghost In Our Children (II) (Mummy’s Boots)

(panels three and four of four)

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The Ghost In Our Children (II) (Mummy's Boots), (3), 2016-7(panel three of four)

The Ghost In Our Children (II) (Mummy's Boots), (4), 2016-7(panel four of four)

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Ashley Lily Scarlett and I are engaged in a conversation in pictures called Between Scarlett and Guest. Check it out.

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And David Cook and I are reviewing each other’s record collections one disc at at time. Check out Zzzounds!

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The Ghost In Our Children (II) (Mummy's Boots) 1 and 2, 2016-7

The Ghost In Our Children (II) (Mummy’s Boots)

(panels one and two of four)

Acrylic on canvas

2016-7

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The Ghost In Our Children (II) (Mummy's Boots) #1, 2016-7(panel one of four)

The Ghost In Our Children (II) (Mummy's Boots) #2, 2016-7(panel two of four)

Ashley Lily Scarlett and I are engaged in a conversation in pictures called Between Scarlett and Guest. Check it out.

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And David Cook and I are reviewing each other’s record collections one disc at at time. Check out Zzzounds!

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Portrait (sketch), 2017– Portrait (sketch), 2017 –

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Ashley Lily Scarlett and I have a blog together. It’s a conversation in pictures and it’s called Between Scarlett and Guest.

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David Cook and I are reviewing each other’s record collections one disc at a time on a new blog called Zzzounds! David has just reviewed The Seer by Swans. Check it out!

 

Part One, 2016– Part One, 2016 –

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Paintings for the homes of our new Brexit rulers, 2016Paintings for the homes of our new Brexit rulers, 2016

Acrylic on canvas

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Ashley Lily Scarlett and I are engaged in a conversation in pictures called Between Scarlett and Guest. Check it out.

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And David Cook and I are reviewing each other’s record collections one disc at at time. Check out Zzzounds!

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