John Wellsborn 1907
T02232 Profiles 1949
Oil and pencil on panel 279 x 368 (11 x 14 1/2)
Inscriptions: Back, over partially obscured earlier work, 'John Wells | FEB 1949'
Label, 'No. 6 PROFILES | JOHN WELLS | Anchor Studio | Trewarveneth | NEWLYN'
Bequeathed by Miss E.M. Hodgkins 1977
Profileshas a thick, though fairly smooth, white ground, characteristic of much of John Wells's work. Equally typical is the use of both oil paint and pencil in the execution of the picture and the achievement, through varied paint applications and abrasion, of a delicately textured surface. This concentration upon surface quality and delight in materials was evident in the work of many St. Ives artists and derives, principally, from Ben Nicholson's technique of scraping hardboard with a razor blade. The textural quality is further enhanced by Wells's use of different tones of only one, or perhaps two, grey-green colours applied in different densities…