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Hans Böhler (1884-1961)

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As a confidant of Klimt and Schiele and later Secession member, the painter Hans Böhler was closely involved the Austrian avant-garde art of the first half of the 20th century. In his lifetime his oeuvre was presented in several exhibitions. Numerous retrospectives after his death additionally testified to Böhler’s art historical weight – nowadays his works are highly popular amongst experienced collectors, but where he was presented as a new find for collectors by the Marlborough gallery in the mid Sixties, his name is now established and his circle of admirers is growing rapidly. His “nudes” are spectacular and so are his costume pieces which are a combination of the Austrian avant garde and impressionism. A painter to be followed by the serious collector.

there are a few Bohler publications available at www.ftn-books.com

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Victor Pasmore…an invitation

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Readers of this blog know of my admiration for Victor Pasmore (1908-1998).

His abstract art has stayed fresh and fascinating over the years and is still a joy to look at. If i must compare his art ….i would say Joan Miro is the one he comes close to. His art keeps fascinating me and ……

his forms and composition, use of colors and use of materials makes me want that there was a large Pasmore exhibition to be held in the Netherlands in the near future so i could admire his works from up close. There are far too few paintings to be found in the European collections and i can not find a reason for it. Curators from all important museums must have fallen asleep during these early years of the Seventies., which is a pity. However there was a time in the early Seventies that his works were presented for sale on frequent occasions. One of these exhibitions was at the Marlborough gallery where a Pasmore graphics collection was presented and sold. The invitation to this presentation is now for sale at www.ftn-books.com

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John Davies (1936-1999)

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“I call myself a haunted house… we all have ghosts and histories.” – John Davies

Davies’ interest in the human presence set him apart from many of his contemporaries in British sculpture at the beginning of his career. Of his early figures, often cast from life and clothed, Davies has said, ‘I wanted to make a figure, not like a piece of sculpture, more like a person…. I wanted my sculpture to be more like life in the street’.

His more recent works are modelled in clay, before being cast in polychrome polyester and fibreglass, or bronze. Davies arranges these figures in carefully choreographed relationships. Animals and inanimate objects such as houses also appear in works whose thematic concerns are always with human experience.

Of The Deerson Series, shown for the first time in this exhibition, John has said: ‘This series of scarecrow-like figures, with their moons, are a kind of self-portrait. I never intended to make these images, having other ideas to the fore, when I had a car crash in 2010. My life always leaks into my work, so inevitably and reluctantly these images emerged. They are works processing my long recovery. Now to me they seem to have a life of their own, independent of my story. Mad dancing ‘scarecrows’ coming to life, a protest against fate and physical frailty, like the figures in the Watersons’ song, ‘The Scarecrow’.’

Drawing, often in series, has always been an important aspect of John Davies’ practice, and the sculpture and drawings are equally important to him. The drawings in this installation demonstrate how the two practices influence each other.

The above text was found in Fuse magazine

http://www.ftn-books.com has some John Davies catalogues available