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Clive Hicks-Jenkins: A Retrospective

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I know I’m not the only person capable of grumbling about London’s monopoly on art exhibitions so I’m a little mortified to find I’ve not mentioned Clive Hicks-Jenkins: A Retrospective, an exhibition which has been running at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, since May. There’s no excuse for the oversight since I read all of Clive’s blog posts and most of the recent ones have concerned the exhibition and an accompanying monograph published by Lund Humphries.

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Both Fall (2001).

Among the pieces on display are some of his large Mari Lwyd drawings from 2001, two of which are shown here. I think these were the first works I saw of Clive’s and they remain favourites of mine despite their sombre subject matter. The combination of Picasso-like figures, disjunctive perspectives and monochrome nocturnal landscapes make for a very powerful series which Clive discusses in recent blog posts. Not everyone who’s this good with monochrome can handle a combination of tones effectively but Clive’s recent paintings use colour in a manner which is both confident and immediately striking. Form is Void has a small collection of some recent works but if you can get to Aberystwyth you can see them up close. Clive Hicks-Jenkins: A Retrospective runs to August 20th, 2011.

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Red Flow (2001).

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Equus and the Executionist
Dark horses

 


 

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3 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by Gabriel McCann

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    Can’t help but be reminded of the Skeleton Horse track from Alan’s Highbury Working
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfK5bZRcKGA

  2. #2 posted by Thombeau

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    I absolutely adore his work and wish I could see it in person!

  3. #3 posted by Leonard Greco

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    I’m with Thom

 


 

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