Antony Donaldson

Take Five


Not on display

Antony Donaldson born 1939
Oil paint and alkyd paint on canvas
Support: 1528 × 1533 × 22 mm
Purchased 1963

Technique and condition

Take 5 is painted on a fine-woven linen canvas that was meticulously stretched over an expandable stretcher. The linen is sized with glue and primed with a thin, oil priming.

Edges are covered with red or white self adhesive plastic tape, arranged to match the red and white bands on the front.

With the design described in thick charcoal, the artist applied colour evenly within the drawing lines. Initially the oil paint was matt but developed sheen and then gloss as subsequent layers were added. Finally, broad bands of colour were applied using household gloss paint. As a result the surface of the painting ranges from having a soft sheen to a strong gloss with subtle variations within each colour region.

The painting bears its original painted batten frame which is now worn. The painting is in very good condition despite the presence of dirty fingermarks. The painting is exhibited behind a barrier because touching it could cause damage.

Mary A. Bustin
March 2002

Catalogue entry

T00590 TAKE FIVE 1962
Inscr. ‘Antony Donaldson - Take 5’ on back of canvas and on stretcher.
Canvas, 60×60 (152·5×152·5).
Purchased from the artist through the Rowan Gallery (Grant-in-Aid) 1963.
Exh: Rowan Gallery, May 1963 (3).

A painting influenced by popular imagery and modern poster technique, it shows a succession of figures, as in the stills of a ciné-film, and is one of a series of pictures of ‘pin-up’ girls included in the same exhibition. Two others, ‘Where the boys are’ and ‘Three Pictures of you’, were reproduced in the catalogue.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I


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