Winifred Nicholson, ‘Recollect’ 1973
Winifred Nicholson, Recollect 1973 . Tate . © The Trustees of the estate of Winifred Nicholson

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Sodastream

Roderick Buchanan, Sodastream  1997

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Loveday and Ann: Two Women with a Basket of Flowers

Frances Hodgkins, Loveday and Ann: Two Women with a Basket of Flowers  1915

Frances Hodgkins came to Britain in 1901 from the confined artistic scene of New Zealand. Spending long periods in Cornwall, home to the Newlyn and St Ives Schools, and in Paris, where she taught at the Académie Colarossi, Hodgkins ploughed her own furrow. In typically individualistic style, this portrait combines the mobility of watercolour with the intensity of oil, showcasing the artist's idiosyncratic drawing and quirky sense of colour.

Gallery label, February 2010

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Chord II

Joan Mitchell, Chord II  1986

Created on a large vertical rectangular canvas, Chord II 1986 is an abstract painting by American artist Joan Mitchell. The canvas has been evenly painted with an off-white primer, much of which is left exposed, while an expressive mass of coloured paint occupies the top two thirds of the composition in the centre, made up of prominent strokes of deep blue at the top, turquoise and light green around the edges, and a dark central area of brown and green. The layers of paint vary in thickness and application, ranging from thin washes through thicker, fluid marks that have dripped down the length of the canvas, to more heavily textured sweeps of the brush. The work has been signed by the artist in graphite in the lower right-hand corner.

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Partou Zia, Ember of Eyes  2004

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Zoe Williams, Small Fish head acid vision  2020

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Paros tree

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Aspiring Forms

John Wells, Aspiring Forms  1950

In a letter written in 1992 John Wells singled out Aspiring Forms as his favourite painting. Painted in 1950, it is one of his largest works and reflects his increasing confidence in his work. The composition follows the principle of the Golden Section, a structure based on ideal proportions that Wells used repeatedly. Its corkscrew forms describe the movement of the birds he watched wheeling around the cliffs of west Cornwall. 'You can see them using the air currents,' he said. 'You can feel the dynamism of their flight and the shapes of their wings all the time.'

Gallery label, September 2004

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10-11 July : 1992

Patrick Heron, 10-11 July : 1992  1992

Between November 1989 and February 1990 Heron was Artist-in-Residence at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. This was his third visit to Australia since 1967. The brightness of the light and the vividness of the flora inspired substantial changes in his work. His paintings became more linear with an emphasis on calligraphic marks. Whereas previously Heron's work emphasised dense colour masses, the paintings inspired by the Australian residency stressed brilliant clarity. The body of the forms is dissolved in light, their outlines a shimmering presence. Heron has written: 'Painting as such is abstract. Yet the power of that abstraction is its capacity to render the outside world visible'.

Gallery label, September 2004

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Denzil Forrester, Cottage Lover  1997

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Partou Zia, Flowering Rod  2006

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Zoe Williams, Lemon Heel  2019

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Recollect

Winifred Nicholson, Recollect  1973

Wilkie owned four paintings by Winifred Nicholson, two of which were acquired by the Tate Gallery. These are 'The Hunter's Moon' which is shown nearby, and this painting. Both works demonstrate Wilkie's interest in collecting paintings on the theme of the seasons. 'The Hunter's Moon' evokes autumn which was seen by the artist as a time of adventure. 'Recollect', however, was painted in late spring 1973 and suggests a sense of looking back and remembering. This sentiment seems to have been shared by Wilkie. He remarked: 'The pictures of Winifred Nicholson represent for me the world of childhood and early adolescence. It is a world of order, security and cultivated civilisation'.

Gallery label, September 2004

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Peter Lanyon, Colour Construction  1960

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Volcano Lady

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Sodastream
Roderick Buchanan Sodastream 1997
Loveday and Ann: Two Women with a Basket of Flowers
Frances Hodgkins Loveday and Ann: Two Women with a Basket of Flowers 1915
Chord II
Joan Mitchell Chord II 1986

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Partou Zia Ember of Eyes 2004

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Zoe Williams Small Fish head acid vision 2020
Paros tree
Ben Nicholson OM Paros tree 1967

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