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Whitford Fine Art and Avray Wilson


I happened to be in London the other day before attending a members’ forum at the MCC, when I called into The Whitford Fine Art Gallery, which always seems to have interesting exhibitions. I was absolutely blown away by the current exhibition of abstract expressionist works by the British artist Avray Wilson. Avray was the original renaissance man, scientist, artist, writer and intellectual, but above all at best he could paint superbly. The gallery gave me a short piece about Avray, which I have copied below. If you want a free visual feast, go along to Whitford Fine Art in Duke Street, St. James’s. Above is the painting Conjugation.


Energy - Avray Wilson 

Whitford Fine Art presents one of the most significant one-man show of British Abstract Expressionism in the capital with a major exhibition on Frank Avray Wilson (1914 – 2009).

At the occasion of the exhibition a first monograph on Avray Wilson will be published. This lavishly illustrated book contains an unpublished essay written by the artist in 1990, complemented by the very first comprehensive biography, bibliography and exhibitions list researched by An Jo Fermon. As such, it finally repositions Avray Wilson as an important and early participant in British Post-War Abstraction. During the 1950s and early 1960s Avray Wilson enjoyed a celebrated status alongside Jean Paul Riopelle and Soulages, with no less than twelve one-man shows held at prestigious galleries in London, Paris, Brussels. Since, his art has been firmly inscribed in Art History as ‘Tachist’, the European form of Action painting. The monograph will be available as of 20th October 2016.


Thrusting Red - Avray Wilson 

If you have any paintings you would like to have valued, please contact Jonathan Riley of Grand Auctions, Folkestone, Kent.

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