JOHN MEREDITH, R.C.A.
oil on canvas
signed and dated ‘58
33 ins x 33.5 ins; 83.8 cms x 85.1 cms
In contrast to John Meredith’s later works – with their inky calligraphy – the artist’s 1950s canvases are vigorous and encrusted with rich impasto. Dashes across the canvas – red, blues, yellows – are woven together in intense animation.
Paul Duval writes, “It would be difficult to find an artist with a more immediate impulse of expression, short of recklessness… Meredith’s lines and shapes animate his canvases with a surprising and sometimes explosive tension yet, in the end, always achieve a precarious balance.”
John Meredith: A Retrospective, 1955-1990, with an introduction by Paul Duval, Kaspar Gallery, 1990, unpaginated.
Private Collection, Toronto