Raymond Coxon
Blue Bird 1968

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Raymond Coxon 1896–1997
Blue Bird
Date 1968
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1521 x 1013 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1968
Not on display

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Coxon trained at Leeds School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London, where fellow students included his future wife, Edna Ginesi and Henry Moore. Nature has been the enduring subject of his work. Early paintings focused on landscape. Later, his work became less representational and paintings such as 'Blue Bird' depict natural forms dancing in settings of air and water. Using his own drawings from nature he would then, as he wrote in 1968, 'face the problem of contriving the painting in terms of colour and within the battleground of the area of the canvas... In short I am motivated by these beginnings to make a disciplined (but not essentially concordant) marriage between colour and form'.

September 2004

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