Richard Warren

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An Individual Eye: Edwin G Lucas on show

A couple of posts on this blog – here and here – have celebrated the truly remarkable (and often, as we say these days, left field) work of Scottish painter Edwin G Lucas, who died in 1990. Now comes word from his son Alan of an important show of Lucas’s work, opening on 4th August at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh. Edwin G Lucas: An Individual Eye (more details here) includes more than sixty pieces from public and private collections, tracing the whole of Lucas’s career, his blink-inducing “surrealist” phase included.

It comes with a very welcome catalogue written by Helen E Scott, published in June and now readily available.

The influence of surrealism on Lucas’s work has been rightly noted, but it would inaccurate and be far too narrow to tag him as simply a “surrealist”. Most of the time he is out there in a place all of his own – a place where you haven’t quite been before …

‘Band Saw’ © the artist’s estate

Incidentally, the slide show on the City Art Centre site includes the splendid Band Saw of 1946, which considerably predates the Man and Machine series (1951-57) of David Carr (second item down on this page), to which, I now notice, it relates closely in theme and mood, though without Carr’s spiky cubist superstructure.

The show runs till February 2019. It deserves to be a great success.

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More following of the Roberts

The Two Roberts page has been further embellished by another of their followers, the neglected but interesting David Carr. (Go here or via the tab up top, and scroll right down to the bottom.) The influence on Carr of Prunella Clough has long been acknowledged, but the effect on his work of the Roberts seems significant to me.

I like Carr’s stuff. Even when it doesn’t quite come off, he’s always pushing for something rather edgy, which you just have to admire. A real one-off.