First Light

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Tricia Gillman's work concentrates on colour. She admits to being influenced by the French artists Braque and Matisse who were labelled as 'fauves' (wild beasts) after their brilliantly coloured and patterned paintings were shown at the Paris Salon of 1905. She also looks to the work of fifteenth-century Italian artists such as Fra Angelico, Piero della Francesca and Bellini with its sense of arrangement of individual elements, often framed by architecture. In 'First Light' Gillman's handling of paint is lively and adventurous. Using brilliantly coloured, thickly applied paint, she takes her inspiration from the landscape and from studies of interior spaces. These concerns are linked together in the depiction of a view of the landscape through the archway of a building or gate.

University of Warwick



First Light




oil on canvas


H 121.9 x W 160 cm

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gift from Nyda and Oliver Prenn, 2001

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