Some of my favorite and recent painting finds come from Europe, mostly artists from the UK and Scotland or Ireland. The beauty of Facebook is in knowing other artists and painters who regularly post or repost interesting work from all over the world.
That’s how I discovered the painter Elisabeth Cummings, based in Australia and well known there. She has been exhibiting for some time, but didn’t begin really selling her work until her early 50’s. Now 78, her larger pieces can command respectable prices. Thanks to her gallery,Â one can view a large number of her works along with prices for sold pieces. A great video interview of the artist here. Some of her vibrant mark-making narrative is reminiscent of Basquiat’s wildness.
All photos and video courtesy King Street Gallery.
Arkaroola Landscape, 2004. Oil on canvas, 175 x 200cm.
Edge of the Desert 2011. Oil on canvas, 180 x 300cm. (This diptych sold for $99,000 last year)
Mostly Fine 2011. Oil on canvas, 45 x 45cm.
Red Tableau 2011. Monotype.
I found the artists below on the south LondonÂ Poussin gallery site a few weeks ago, after the director posted a comment about the ‘New Casualist’ painters article on Sharon Butler’sÂ Two Coats of PaintÂ blog. The first painter, Anne Smart, offers aÂ workshop this spring in northeast Scotland where she lives. Most of this gallery’s stable seem to prefer high chroma with an abstract and gestural bent. Gotta love that.
Cushioned Curb, 2009. Various media, 152 x 244cm.
Spikee, 2008-09. Various media, 122 x 292cm.
Sudden, 2009-10. Various media, 152 x 244cm.
Iris Spinoff, 2010. Oil on canvas, 61 x 102cm.
Proteus VIII, 2005. Oil on canvas, 208 x 345cm
Pomegranate Burst 1973. Acrylic on flax, 172 x 162cm.
Finally, Gillian Ayres. A British painter I’d forgotten about until a library book on 1980s art reminded me of her. She’s 80, still painting and the Tate owns some of her work. A wonderful interview with her was produced for Babelgum’s theEye series.Â Â I was tickled that she noted using oil paint is like working with messy and greasy, colored lard.
Most of her work is quite large. She says that none of her gestural marks are meant to connote literal forms in nature. She lives in a 15th century cottage near the sea in Morwenstow, north Cornwall.
Antony and Cleopatra, 1982. Oil on canvas 2893 x 2872mm. Courtesy the Tate Collection.
Sundark Blues, 1994. Oil on canvas, 2442 x 2136mm.Â Courtesy the Tate Collection.
Picos, 1995. Oil on canvas, 243.8 x 365.7 cm. Courtesy The Alan Cristea Gallery.