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E.Q. Nicholson was a gifted designer who for some fifteen years in mid-career produced a distinctive group of paintings and collages. These show a strong interest in subject, colour, pattern, texture, reflection and the fall of light. In this painting, with its double transparency, the syncopated pattern is of a fabric designed by her brother-in-law, Ben Nicholson. Other subjects of her paintings include plants, landscape and kitchen still life. E.Q. Nicholson's interest in the beauty of everyday objects, and in the animation of spots, stripes and visual rhymes, associates her work readily with that of the Nicholson family as a whole. So too does an implicit humour in both her painting and her applied art.

September 2004