T00479 OVERCAST 1961
Inscr. ‘Bell 61’ b.r.
Canvas, 24×24 (61×61).
Purchased from the Waddington Galleries (Knapping Fund) 1962.
Exh: Waddington Galleries, February 1962 (24).
The artist wrote (20 April 1962): ‘“Overcast” was the key painting for the period of work culminating in the last exhibition at Waddington's. As always I was concerned with making the painting a self-sufficient entity, not describing or necessarily alluding to anything else, but with it, as with many of the works of that period, I wanted to re-create a strangeness and power of imagery I find in the North. This was coupled with a need to make the work more positive, so that each piece of the painting was harmonically related to the whole - each form would be equally important - no longer a centre, or major forms supported, but a sort of presence or environment, completely inter-related but demanding decisions from the viewer as the point of departure.’
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I