'British Abstract' is exhibiting in the Sewell Centre Gallery from 20th January to 9th February and is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Sundays 2pm to 4pm.
Below is a review of the exhibition by Jack Goaman, K Social 6.1.
On Thursday, January 19th, Radley was honoured to have some of the most significant works of Abstract art, by the leading British Abstract artists of the 1950s. After the Second World War, British artists Peter Lanyon, Patrick Heron, Alan Davie, William Scott, Gillian Ayres, Sandra Blow, Paul Feiler and Robyn Denny looked to express themselves and make sense of a post-War world that had changed both socially and economically beyond belief. Most of the artists shown moved to the small town of St Ives, Cornwall. And all drew huge inspiration from the stunning landscape around them, and their meetings with each other. This resulted in some astonishing paintings that were huge and expressive, which would rival the artistic developments in Europe and America at the time. New ideas and works were needed to move on from Cubism and Modernism; the works on display reflect the major shifts in society after the World War.