Sunday, 7 January 2018


Very enjoyable. These paintings could be by no-one else. That's a mark in his favour. And despite all his subjects (there is only one picture that has no figures in it) having exactly the same features - elongated nose, small mouth, arched eyebrows - they are all remarkably distinctively different, markedly themselves. Then again, what he seems to really enjoy is shape, gracious shape, so that many of these images are beautiful, something we don't necessarily expect or even approve of in modern art. He errs perhaps now and then into the decorative, but not too often. His portraits are both true to life and artificial, almost to the point of abstraction. i wonder if he would have gone that way had he lived. i think maybe he might. Anyway, here's the only pic in there that's not of a human figure:

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