The Situation Group

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The Group took their name from an exhibition of their work entitled Situation held in 1960. Influenced by the contemporary art scene in America, they made large-scale abstract paintings. Their shared values underpinned a distinctive moment in the development of British art in the 1960s. Many of the artists depicted in this portrait went on to develop distinguished individual careers. From left to right (back row): Henry Mundy (b.1919), painter and teacher; Gwyther Irwin (1931–2008), painter, designer and teacher; William Turnbull (b.1922), sculptor; Peter Coviello (b.1930), painter, potter and teacher (centre row): Gillian Ayres (b.1930), painter, mural artist and teacher; John Plumb (1927–2008), painter and teacher; Peter Stroud (b.1921), abstract constructivist artist; Robyn Denny (b.

National Portrait Gallery, London



The Situation Group




oil on linen, mounted on canvas


H 121.9 x W 182.9 cm

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Purchased, 2007

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