Richard Warren

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Attempts at Tyros





And very much attempts. The reference is to Wyndham Lewis’s 1920 drawings and paintings of “Tyros” – “immense novices” who “brandish their appetites in their faces, lay bare their teeth in a valedictory, inviting, or merely substantial laugh”. Lewis’s Tyros display the authentic rictus grin; mine only manage to snarl or look puzzled. One does not aim to imitate Lewis’s style (a hell of a lot harder than it looks, anyway), but it might be nice to achieve something of his economy. The relation between some of his work and cartoons is an interesting one.