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Winter Seeding Hillside
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: National Galleries of Scotland

Winter Seeding Hillside 1953

Alan Reynolds (1926–2014)

National Galleries of Scotland

Painter of landscapes and abstracts, maker of constructions and reliefs, and teacher. He was born in Newmarket, Suffolk. Studied at Woolwich Polytechnic School of Art, 1948–52, then won scholarship to Royal College of Art, 1952–3, receiving a medal for painting. Had first one-man show at Redfern Gallery in 1952 and at Durlacher Gallery in 1954. He was one of three prizewinners at Giovani Pittori show in Rome the following year, one of several awards he won. Taught at Central School of Art and Design, 1954–61, then at St Martin’s School of Art. Although Reynolds’ work until 1958 had Neo-Romantic overtones, he was aware of trends in modern European art from 1946 and his early landscapes have a strong geometrical underpinning. From 1958 he was moving into abstraction, creating paintings, reliefs and constructions, often in white to maximise “the play of light and shadow”.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)


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