Richard Warren

20thc British art and poetry (mainly), plus bits of my own – "Clearly I tap to you clearly along the plumbing of the world" (W S Graham)

Following the Roberts

John Shelton, 'Cat on a Table' 1960

The influence of Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde on a number of young painters at their heels could maybe do with some flagging up. So added to my Two Roberts page is a note on the highly interesting Potteries painter John Shelton, information entirely courtesy of the valuable and much appreciated finbofinbo blog. Click here or use the tab above, and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Other Roberts-followers to follow, hopefully.

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3 responses to “Following the Roberts

  1. finbofinbo April 11, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Dear Richard,
    I’m currently putting material together for a joint exhibition of John Shelton and Norman Cope’s work – tentatively titled ‘The Burslem Boys’ – this autumn. Would you allow me to use your narrative relating to Shelton’s Cat at a Table (1 & 2) at the exhibition? I am hoping that the second piece will be one of the pieces exhibited.
    Best wishes,
    Mark (finbofinbo)
    mark@finbo.com

    • richardawarren April 12, 2012 at 10:13 am

      Hello Mark. No problem – with pleasure. Good luck with the exhibition! Look forward to hearing more about it. One other thing that occurs to me is the use of monotypes, which Shelton mentions doing in 1945. Colquhoun and MacBryde used this process a lot, so there must have been a crossover there. I’ll look up the dates of theirs and get back to you …

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