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Dialogue by Alan Reynolds


Alan Reynolds emerged in the context of post-war Neo-Romanticism and painted landscape in watercolour and oil until 1958. His increasing preoccupation with finding and rhyming geometric shape in his landscapes gave way to an improvisatory abstraction, using basic circular and rectangular shapes and irregular orthogonal layouts similar to those used by the slightly older 'middle generation' of painters such as Scott.
In 1969, after looking carefully at the work of Sophie Taeuber, Reynolds began to produce reliefs in painted wood. Later he went on to use cubic modules, and even to work on free-standing constructions, but the CNAA's relief dates from his first phase of reliefs employing curvilinear form. The elements are regular half-circles, but their placing around a median point is intuitively arrived at to create the dialogical relationship implied by the title.
Artist:Alan Reynolds
Artwork type:painting
Material:acrylic on relief panel
Measurements:1187 x 1378 mm
Technique:relief construction, painted wood
Date:1973
Location:Arts & Humanities Research Council, Whitefriars, Lewins Mead, Bristol, BS1 2AE. View by appointment; please contact the AHRC's Facilities Manager on 01179 876 500
Culture:English
Rights owner:Alan Reynolds
Rights status:UK HE use only
Institution:Council for National Academic Awards
Notes:Woolwich Polytechnic School of Art, before winning a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Art

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