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Rose, Black and White

Item Code: DG-70314
Acrylic and collage on canvas.
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By the end of the 1960s, Greaves had become disillusioned with the social realism of his earlier work. In a significant stylistic departure, he began to clear his paintings of unnecessary clutter and focus on line, flat colour, and ambiguous, poetic imagery.

Throughout this period of formal evolution, the rose became a frequent theme in Greaves’ work, to which he returned a number of times in varying media. Usually a florid, declarative sign of affection, in these paintings and prints the visual intricacy of the flower head itself, its thin stem and curled leaves, was pared back to stark outlines, often in pale colour or on blank or neutral backgrounds. In so doing, these symbols of effusion and expression were made ironically subdued, mute, pensive.

In Rose, completed in 1982, the prevailing influences of Greaves’ career – murky Kitchen Sink realism, bright Pop-Art inspired canvases, and introspective composition – seem to overlap, incorporated once more through the symbol of the flower of love.
Derrick Greaves portraitDerrick Greaves is one of the most important British painters of the last half century, initially gaining acclaim in the 1950s when he represented Britain at the Venice Biennale along with the other ‘Kitchen-Sink’ painters with whom he was associated. Born in Sheffield in 1927, Greaves apprenticed for five years as a sign-writer, before winning a scholarship to the Royal College of Art where he studied from 1948-52.

During the ’60s his work moved away from the social realism of his previous pieces, taking on instead a more stylised approach. His work is prominently displayed in the world’s most prestigious public galleries, including the Tate Gallery, the Contemporary Arts Society, the Arts Council of Great Brittan and the New York Public Library.
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