Stuart Brisley

Untitled

c.1960

Not on display
Artist
Stuart Brisley born 1933
Medium
Roofing underlay, roofing felt, tarpaulin, canvas, sacking, bitumen and sand on hardboard
Dimensions
Unconfirmed: 1099 x 1505 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 2010
Reference
T13033

Display caption

This painting is typical of the few surviving by Brisley from this period where a patchwork of materials – predominantly sand, tar and fragments of clothing or sacking material – extend across the work’s surface. It has been hit by hammers, and the resulting ‘wounds’ reveal a layering to the work. Where some of Brisley’s paintings of this period suggest figurative imagery, this is abstract; its subject and process being the urban materials deployed and manipulated by the artist.

Gallery label, September 2016

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