Harry Thubron

Black Rose

1966

Medium
Wood, linoleum, hardboard, plaster and silk
Dimensions
Object: 610 x 710 x 180 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1992
Reference
T06592

Display caption

Harry Thubron was an influential and much respected teacher. He was Head of Fine Art at Leeds College of Art from 1955 to 1964 and in the 1970s he taught part-time at Goldsmiths' College. He worked in a variety of media, notably painting, collage, assemblage and wood carving. 'Black Rose' is typical of Thubron's assemblages. Different found materials create a richly textured surface and their arrangement is allusively erotic. Thubron's emphasis on experiment and instinct inspired numerous artists. This work is being shown to complement the display 'Painterly Abstraction in Britain' in Room 27. This includes artists such as John Hoyland, Albert Irvin and John Walker who have all paid tribute to Thubron's example.

Gallery label, September 2004