Exhibition catalogue to accompany the 2015 show of the same name: An exhibition of drawings by Edward Middleditch. Focused on the artist's meticulous later works, the exhibition explores his painstaking and obsessive observation of nature. At the heart of the exhibition are meticulous drawings of fields of crops in which each leaf and stem is precisely detailed and delineated.
Edward Middleditch established himself in the mid 1950s as one of the most powerful young painters and draughtsmen in Britain. Initially associated with the kitchen sink painters - John Bratby, Derrick Greaves and Jack Smith - he devoted himself chiefly to natural themes. His work over the following decades concentrated principally on the elements, from the weight of a massive hillside to the lightness of sun dancing on water or darting through foliage. It became increasingly abstract and stylised, inspired by kilims and Persian carpets, and even used stencilling to create a patterned, decorative response to nature.
The Estate of Edward Middleditch is represent by James Hyman Fine Art, London.
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