Patrick Heron on British painting

“British painting continues a European tradition [ ] it remains based in intuition and sensibility. Only through intuition can we discover those ‘new unities in asymmetric and diverse complexity’ [ ] which alone confer on the art of painting its vast importance as a means for extending our visual consciousness in an age that is oppressively dominated by all-too-well understood pseudoscientific techniques”. ~ Patrick Heron writing in the 1970’s about British painting at that time (in contradistinction to those by American artists).

 

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John Berger (writing about Giorgio Morandi)

 

John ~Berger

One has to imagine the world as a sheet of paper and a creator’s hand drawing, trying out objects which don’t yet exist. Traces are not only what is left when something has gone, they can also be marks for a project, of something to come. The visible begins with light. And as soon as there is light there is shade. The hand draws shadows on the white of the paper. All drawing is a shadow around light.

 

The marks weave together, quiver, alternate. And slowly the eye registers and reads the unrepeatable pattern of a particular branch  of leaves trembling in front of a particular sunlit wall.

In other words, the objects he paints can be bought  in no flea market. They are not objects. They are places (everything has its place), places where some little thing is coming into being.” ~ excerpt from  ‘Giorgio Morandi‘ (for Gianni Celati) from John BergerThe Shape of a Pocket, page 144 – 145

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John Berger, ‘Face’

 

 

John Berger, photograph by Jean Mohr?

“Face. Whatever the painter is looking for, he’s looking for it’s face. All the search and the losing and the re-finding is about that, isn’t it? And ‘its face’ means what? He’s looking for its return gaze and he’s looking for its expression – a slight sign of its inner life. And this is true whether he’s painting a cherry, a bicycle wheel, a blue rectangle, a carcass, a river, a bush, a bull or his own reflection in a mirror.” ~ excerpt from  ‘Studio Talk’ (for Miquel Barcelo) from John BergerThe Shape of a Pocket, page 27 – 28

 

 

 

 

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