Shine Out Fair Sun
This summer Hastings Contemporary presents the first major public gallery exhibition of British artist Roy Oxlade (1929-2014). Described in the Guardian as ‘one of the most impressive British painters of the past 50 years’.
Oxlade’s pictures, which occupy the final lower gallery and the upper galleries, are immediately captivating. Some are reminiscent of Philip Guston, pink and grey canvases bristling with energy. Saucepans quiver and scissors fly across space. Others are stranger, nude figures floating on painterly planes that reject the illusionistic rendering of space. One of the highlights is a selection of drawings, unearthed, apparently, from drawers in the cottage Oxlade shared for so many years with Wylie.
Main image: Roy Oxlade, Two Cherries, oil on canvas, 1984 © The Estate of Roy Oxlade and Alison Jacques Gallery