T00508 SIX THIN REDS 1960
Inscr. on back ‘Six Re[erased] Thin Reds’, with instructions for hanging.
Plastic emulsion paint on hardboard with wooden strips in relief, 84×52 3/4×11/16 (213×134×1·75).
Presented by E.J. Power through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1962.
Coll: Purchased by Mr Power from the artist 1960.
Exh: Situation, R.B.A. Galleries, September 1960 (44), as ‘Relief Painting J1/60’.
The artist wrote (3 June 1962) that ‘the picture was painted in July 1960, and the particular form of relief painting evolved out of my previous constructivist work. The most important point about this picture I feel is that it was the break from my previous asymmetrical style - it was in fact my first symmetrical picture.’ He added a further note (10 July 1962) by saying, ‘I originally worked as a constructivist.... Eventually I was forced by the material limitations of perspex and metal to move into a... related area of activity-relief painting. This enabled me to retain an essential part of my technique (the structure making) yet use colours of my own mixing.’ The artist broke away from his purely constructivist style early in 1958. A more detailed statement by the artist about his reliefs was printed as ‘The Space Between’ in Gazette, 2, 1961, where a work similar to T00508 is reproduced.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II