Robert Medley 1905-1994
Robert Medley's career spanned much of the twentieth century. He followed a distinctive path by building bridges between the abstract and the figurative, between public statement and private reverie.
His paintings, nonetheless, parallel the concurrent work of artists as varied as Roger Hilton, Graham Sutherland and Peter Lanyon.What stands out is the sophistication of Medley's touch. As John Berger recently wrote: "What makes Medley's work so rewarding and unusual is its dexterity. Dexterity in its strict sense refers to an inborn or acquired skill in dealing with, or being at home with, the tangible. Something close to the fingertipsDexterity also implies panache, a quality of gesture. One can think of the cast of a master fly-fisherman. The stance of a prodigious violinist. The aim from the shoulder of a champion billiard player. Medley's paintings have the concentration and elegance of such performances."
Twentieth Century British Art 20126 - 21 Dec 2012Artists whose work is presented include: Frank Auerbach Tony Bevan John Bratby Edward Burra Jake & Dinos Chapman Geoffrey Clarke Prunella Clough John Davies Eric Gill David Hockney Gary Hume...
Beyond the Human Clay5 May - 18 Jun 2011In 1976 the great figurative painter and polemicist R.B. Kitaj organized a group exhibition for the Arts Council of Great Britain entitled The Human Clay. To mark the 35th anniversary...
A Tribute to Sir Colin St John Wilson21 Nov - 1 Dec 2007James Hyman is proud to present a personal tribute to Sir Colin St John Wilson, one of Britain's greatest architects and art collectors of the last half-century. The exhibition follows...
Home and AwayMichael Andrews, Peter de Francia, Derrick Greaves, Robert Medley, Edward Middleditch, William Townsend, Arnold van Praag 12 Dec 2006 - 19 Jan 2007
Museum QualityThe Colony Room Mural and Other Important Modern British Works from James Hyman Gallery 2009 Hardback, 48 pages
Publisher: James Hyman Gallery
Dimensions: 29.5 x 25 cms
The Battle for RealismFigurative Art in Britain during the Cold War 1945 - 60 James Hyman, 2001 Hardback, 272 pages
Dimensions: 28 x 23 cms