Stephen Buckley
Gloucester 1986

Artwork details

Stephen Buckley born 1944
Date 1986
Medium Oil paint, household paint, silver and gold metallic paints on 4 plywood doors
Dimensions Displayed: 1982 x 3350 mm
Acquisition Presented by Janet Wolfson de Botton 1996
Not on display

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As 'Gloucester' demonstrates, Buckley frequently employs strongly defined abstract motifs combined with bold patterns. This tendency has an affinity with heraldry, and it derives in part from his longstanding interest in the English Renaissance, especially Tudor architecture. His use of repeated patterns relates to tapestry and also to linenfold carving. 'Gloucester' belongs to a series of his works whose titles derive from Shakespeare's history plays. In this case, Gloucester is one of the characters in 'Richard III'. This literary reference is underscored by connections with Italian Renaissance art. The linear elements and fragments of pattern allude to paintings by Uccello and Botticelli.

September 2004