Malcolm Hughes
White and Aluminium II 1965

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Malcolm Hughes 1920–1997
White and Aluminium II
Date 1965
Medium Oil paint and aluminium on plywood
Dimensions Object: 1829 x 1829 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1966
Not on display

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This is one of a number of works made by Hughes from the mid-1960s that incorporate geometric shapes set against a white ground. A Shared characteristic of these works is their use of aluminium, reflective paint surfaces and relief elements. Describing his use of these materials, in 1966 he commented: 'My work...doesn't easily fall into painting or construction.' For this reason he called works such as 'White and Aluminium II', 'relief paintings'. Though the works are abstract, Hughes's emphasis on a deliberate arrangement of the shapes was a reaction against the expressive, gestural painting that had dominated the previous decade. He commented: 'I thought that was too loose and indulgent.'

September 2004

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