Roy Oxlade: 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’.
Hastings Contemporary is excited to present 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’.
Roy Oxlade was an artist, art writer and highly influential teacher. Oxlade’s approach to painting was energetic, bold and instinctive and he was well known for his powerful use of colour.
Roy Oxlade: Shine Out Fair Sun features work from the 60 years of Oxlade’s artistic output, including some of his earliest paintings produced in the 1950s while studying as a student of David Bomberg, alongside Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff. This exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to encounter an extraordinary and previously overlooked artist’s vision that impressed many of his own students and contemporaries.
Oxlade believed that art should be rooted in nature and the artist’s immediate surroundings, taking inspiration from the objects of daily life, ‘things, trees, houses, cats, people’. Oxlade was married to the artist Rose Wylie, and he admired the work of artists including Henri Matisse, David Bomberg, as well as Hastings Contemporary’s other exhibiting artist, Tal R.
“Painting to me is like a room of the imagination” – Roy Oxlade
Roy Oxlade: Shine Out Fair Sun
6 July – 6 October 2019
Hastings Contemporary would like to thank Rose Wylie, Alison Jacques and her team for their inspiring and open approach to the development of this exhibition, and the private lenders who have generously loaned their work. All works are courtesy of the estate of Roy Oxlade and Alison Jacques Gallery.
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.Martha Barratt – Burlington Contemporary
Roy Oxlade, Two Cherries, oil on canvas, 1984 © The Estate of Roy Oxlade and Alison Jacques Gallery
Roy Oxlade, Fireplace and Orange Log, oil on canvas, 1984 © The Estate of Roy Oxlade and Alison Jacques Gallery
Roy Oxlade, Yellow Cable, oil on canvas, 2003 © The Estate of Roy Oxlade and Alison Jacques Gallery
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