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Untitled c.1953
Oil on canvas
Studio stamp verso
9 3/4 x 16 1/4 ins 25 x 41 cms

Following the upright compositions suggestive of soaring air currents and gliding bird flight of the preceding few years, Wells began a series of landscape format paintings in the mid 1950s that included Vista1955 (Exh. Tate St. Ives, 1998, no. 38) which was awarded the Arts Critics Prize in 1957. These presented a patchwork of geometric shapes, spread out across the composition in a manner suggestive of an ancient field marking system in a landscape as seen from the air, and often containing a skewed sense of perspective evoking a birdís eye view in motion. This work even incorporates a shaped canvas to further disrupt the picture plane and enhance the feeling of disorientation



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