Catalogue entry

Not inscribed.
Canvas, 50×41 (127×104).
Purchased from the artist through the Grabowski Gallery (Knapping Fund) 1962.
Exh: Grabowski Gallery, March–April 1962 (9, repr.).

The artist wrote (n.d., May 1962): ‘In general I work from the canvas which becomes a sort of laboratory for me. “Orange and Violet” is one of a series of paintings in which I have been trying to create dynamic colour relationships. The strict control of these colour relationships on the surface of the canvas dictate the image.

‘More specifically in this painting I have alternated horizontal bands of orange and violet, starting at the top with a broad band of orange and a narrow band of violet and finishing at the bottom with a broad band of violet and a narrow band of orange. The two humps which occur in every other band create a vertical alternation of orange and violet to oppose the more evident horizontal one. I feel that this painting bears some relationship to paintings which I made of Saunton Sands five or six years ago. I was very much impressed then by the effect of burning sunlight reflected from the sand....

‘It was painted in May 1961.’

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I