At Camberwell They Said Picasso is a Potboiler or Enveloping Darkness

  • Medium: Oil on linen
  • Size: 100 x 76 cm
  • Date: 18 June, 2018
  • Frame: no
  • Shipping container: box


This Painting has two titles. I began it as one of my Art History series a couple of years ago. In my Art History paintings I use images remembered from classes at Camberwell School of Art. In this case a Picasso painting called Girl before a Mirror. As I worked on the painting, using the Picasso image inserted in the remembered interior of the art school, I began covering large portions of the Picasso image with shapes and colours which were not Picasso like. Hence one of the title’s: Enveloping Darkness. At the same time I remembered that one of our teachers actually said, “Picasso is a Potboiler”. This was the 1950’s when Picasso was at a very important phenomenon in the art world. He had recently sold one painting for 160 million dollars. The teacher was probably a little jealous.

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