Whitford Fine Art will be presenting: ‘Trans-Channel Crossing’ a display with a focus on four artists who have worked and lived on both sides of the English Channel and have been instrumental in spreading new aesthetics and artistic ideas after the Second World War. They contributed to a greater exchange between the United Kingdom and mainland Europe.
Living through the political historic epoch of today naturally draws our attention to the freedoms of the art world with it’s absence of boundaries and national borders. National schools and movements unquestionably exist, but international exchange was often the very originator of a new national style. During the 20th Century movements such as CoBrA and ZERO were, by definition, international with adherents practicing in different European cities and an exhibition programme touring the world. Abstract Expressionism originated in New York but soon Europe followed with its own version, known as Tachism.
Trans-Channel Crossing looks at the free artistic exchange between France and the UK. It was usual practice for British artists to have some training in Paris, where they met colleagues from Holland, Belgium, Germany and Eastern Europe. Back in London, Drian Galleries and the New Vision Centre set up an international exchange by championing migrated European artists.
The artists chosen for Masterpiece ‘Trans-Channel Crossing’ represent the prevalent styles of the 1950’s and 1960s, namely Ex-pressionism and Lyrical Abstraction practiced by Caziel (Polish-British, 1906-1988), CoBrA represented by William Gear (British, 1915-1975), Lyrical Abstraction and Tachism as pioneered by Joseph Lacasse (Belgian-French, 1894-1975), and the unique form of Tachism or European Action painting formulated by Frank Avray Wilson (British-French, 1914-2009).
The selected works all bear testimony to the inert quality of art to break down boundaries, and to reunite on a humanistic level. All works are top examples of the artists’ production.
All four artists lived, trained or spent a sizeable amount of time in Paris, Brussels and London.
In Paris, all four artists had exchanges with notable artists of the Ecole de Paris such as Fernand Léger, Robert and Sonia Delaunay, and Pablo Picasso, as well as with their fellow Abstractionists such as Sergej Poliakoff, Hans Hartung, Georges Mathieu and Pierre Soulages. In London, they interacted with Barbara Hepworth, Paul Feiler, Patrick Heron, Roger Hilton and Peter Lanyon.
Coming from different countries, cultures and backgrounds, informed by individual intuitions and a multitude of influences, all four artists arrived at their individual expression of Abstraction. Together they represent the ‘Zeitgeist’; individually they prove that art transcends national boundaries and encourages free exchange.
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