The 10/TEN – Abstract Figurative Show, running until March 26, is comprised of 20 paintings evenly split between abstract and figurative works by artists including Fred Crayk, John Hopwood, Francis Hoyland and Henry Inlander.
As well as showing how these artists used differing techniques, it also demonstrates the sympathetic tendencies between the contrasting styles. One from each category is shown here.
Untitled Abstract (1960) by Derek Middleton is an example of a Tachist panting. It makes use of dabs and splashes of colour in a manner akin to abstract expressionism. Middleton was born in China and educated in England and Munich before the Second World War. Although entirely abstract, his paintings tend to be based on physical places or activities.
This oil on board measuring 22 x 10½in (56.5 x 26.5cm) is offered for £1500.
John Kingerlee’s Untitled (Portrait Study – Head and Shoulders), above, on the other hand, plays with abstraction while still incorporating figurative elements.
The physicality of the paint is important to Kingerlee, a self-taught artist. The 6½ x 5in (17 x 12cm) oil and card is offered for £1000.