At The Corn Hall, Diss
Albert Irvin and John Golding
A Splash of Colour
11 July - 23 August 2019
Monday to Saturday 10 am to 4pm Free Admission
We are thrilled to announce that we will be showcasing these two important British artists over the summer and bringing a splash of colour to Diss!
When thinking about the abstract expressionist movement, artists such as Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko usually come to mind. Yet the work of their British counterparts is often overlooked. The Abstract Expressionist movement revolutionised American post-war art and influenced British art in the 1950s and 1960s, although the work in this country frequently had figurative references. Albert (Bert) Irvin and John Golding, whose careers started in the ‘60s, were two artists who pursued pure abstraction. Bringing the paintings and prints of these two artists together shows that there is as much variety in abstraction as there is in figuration.
Irvin’s early work tended to be in dark, sombre colours in the belief that this gave his paintings gravitas, and it was only later that he decided that colour in a high key can be crucial in creating fully expressive paintings and prints. The excitement in Irvin’s late work caused Tate curator Paul Moorhouse to comment that “seeing a new painting by Irvin can be an extraordinary experience akin to discovering a young, energetic artist in the first flush of ambition”.
By contrast, John Golding’s work is more contemplative and ethereal; using thinner colours and more subtle marks. David Case, exhibition curator, elaborates in saying that ‘John Golding’s work deserves to be better known, for such a brilliant and sensitive artist. His art took second place to his teaching at the Courtauld School of Art, where he was a major influence on a generation of our museum directors, painters and critics.’ He also wrote one of the seminal texts on Cubism and curated the major show of Picasso at the Tate in 1994 and Matisse/Picasso in 2002/3, which later travelled to the Grand Palais in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
All work is for sale and exclusively available through the Art Council’s Own Art scheme. We would like to thank Advanced Graphics, Gimpels Fils Gallery and the John Golding Artist Trust for making this exhibition possible. For more information contact the Corn Hall Box Office on firstname.lastname@example.org or call in on 01379 652241. Entries to the galleries are free. The Corn Hall is a member of the Own Art scheme which allows art buyers to spread the cost of payment over a 10 month period interest free, representative 0% APR.