I’m always a little surprised about the coincidences that crop up…who would have thought that one of the blogs I follow would have just received artmail from Exeter – where I was born and lived till leaving for college at 18.  Or that another I follow should mention within a day or two the Ikon Gallery where I worked from 75 till 80…and that he would then reveal that Mali Morris (who we showed in that period – see above) was his favorite painter.  Maybe not that surprising but then again…

And looking at this image from her show (it must have been around 1978/9) several things struck me…one is how we never thought to paint the floor a more neutral colour!  Another is that although her work has matured it still shares quite a few of the concerns she had as a painter back then.  The size of the work is smaller by and large but the scale seems to me to be pretty consistent.  The imagery is less associative and doesn’t have the fascination with pattern that is evident today but the colour palette I reckon is similar too.  She is but one of several UK painters who has never received quite her due, not least as the UK art world got swept away a few years after this with the YBA’s.  I wonder what the perspective of history will say about this period…I haven’t seen it but comments from many suggest that there is much vacuity in the retrospective of ‘the King of the YBA’s’…

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