William Green Untitled 1958

Share this artwork

Artwork details

Artist
William Green 1934–2001
Title
Untitled
Date 1958
Medium Bitumen on fibreboard
Dimensions Support: 917 x 892 x 4 mm
frame: 1109 x 1083 x 60 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 2002
Reference
T07905

Display caption

As a student at the Royal College of Art, Green developed an early combination of action painting and performance art by throwing bitumen and paraffin at the surface of the painting and setting it on fire. His actions were filmed by Ken Russell for the BBC, establishing him as a pioneer of auto-destructive art. By the mid-1960s, however, Green was disillusioned by the sensationalist coverage of his work and withdrew from the art world, only beginning to produce work again in the 1990s.

October 2012