Alan Charlton 2 Part Vertical Painting 1991

Artwork details

Artist
Alan Charlton born 1948
Title
2 Part Vertical Painting
Date 1991
Medium Household emulsion paint on canvas
Dimensions Displayed: 2745 x 2745 x 45 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1998
Reference
T07449
Not on display

Technique and condition

The painting was executed on two separate pieces of medium-weight cotton duck canvas that were stretched around individual and identical fixed strainers and attached at their rears with wire staples. The artist made both strainers and each consists of nine strips of Douglas Fir wood.

The opaque grey paint is household matt emulsion paint and was applied directly to the front and sides of the stretched canvas, without any form of preparation. The first layer was diluted right down with a significant amount of water and the subsequent layers (there are five layers in total) were thinned progressively less. Although each layer was applied by brush, the final surface shows no brushstrokes and the only texture visible is that of the underlying canvas weave.

The painting is in excellent condition, although it's very dry, delicate and uniform surface makes it extremely vulnerable to marks and scuffs, especially from touching. It is therefore vital that the painting is always displayed behind a barrier and is handled with extreme care.

Tom Learner
August 2000

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