Having received little tuition in painting at Bradford College, this state of affairs was to continue throughout my years at the R.C.A. Staff came and went along corridors leaving only the exotic aroma of French cigarettes. At my final diploma show my tutor exclaimed "I've never known what to say to you - I don't like your paintings, but I'm sure you will do very well!” Carel Weight, the painting professor, a lovely man, approached me to explain how disappointed and sorry he was that I had only managed a mediocre degree which he had tried to overturn without success. I replied that I had never worried about the grading system, I had never given it a thought.



Game with Assorted Shapes
1966
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Kingy
1966
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Odeon
1963
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Dekko
These preliminary gouache studies were from a set comprising perhaps a dozen, and were to lead on to much larger paintings of six by eight feet. I had been interested in architecture inspired by the Bauhaus in Germany, and its influence on pre-war building in this country, namely Art Deco and its offshoots. Style was interesting to me around this time and combining 30’s architectural style with my liking for the leaner, angular paintings of Mondrian in tandem with my childhood memories of seaside buildings, led to this set of works. I had been particularly affected by the architecture in and around Morecambe so a more expansive visual imagery seemed called for. I also had in mind the early pier and ocean paintings of Mondrian.
As my domestic situation was rather desperate, and bankruptcy was around the corner, I decided to paint the larger works when my situation improved. It didn’t – for a long time.





Dekko 1
1974
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Dekko 2
1974
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Dekko 3
1974
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Dekko 4
1974
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