Clapcott paints Stockport from famous Viaduct to Carnival, via the never-ending streams of traffic pervading Tiviot Dale, and the solitary chimneys standing sentinel in the newly sanitised landscape.
In her distinctive blue-grey tonalities (summoning up a smoky post-industrial atmosphere), lit with pale under-painting and touches of bright colour, Clapcott reaches towards a new identity for Stockport, a post-Lowry celebration of the northern town and its remaining mill buildings.
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And the final room is given to Gillian Carnegie (born 1971), whose wooden drawing (that poor cat!
), repellent paint surfaces (‘Section’ is particularly horrible) and subjects drained of all juice and joy combine to sap the will to live. Well, I suppose the mere fact that they are painting, rather than mucking about with film, photography, installation or performance.
The death of painting has been so often foretold — almost as frequently as its renaissance — that any such prediction today is nothing short of foolhardy.
Of course, painting is alive and well and living in London, but you wouldn’t know that from the current exhibition of five artists at Tate Millbank.
This is work to ponder, and I make no apologies for writing about it again, even though I did contribute an essay to the catalogue.
There’s quite a different feeling at Messum’s in its group show of work from the north of England, where an expressionist flavour pervades many of the exhibits.
(Too many still think of him as a simple old-fashioned realist.) The originality of his classical pictorial compositions is matched by a romantic temperament released through colour and subtle reinterpretation.
It is revealing to see this high-quality selection of studies and finished drawings, not just for the rare skill on view, but also for the range of mood and pictorial invention encompassed.
Both paintings are rather austere, but in the company of the drawings they look at their lyrical best.
Uglow was a rare and radical painter, and has been much misunderstood.
Mundy is still working, but has destroyed much of his output.