Eric Gadsby’s large scale, bold abstract paintings are oil paint on cotton duck canvas and progress from the constraints of a traditional straight sided stretcher to shaped stretched canvases. The surfaces are painted in thin layers, carefully worked over, creating seamless transitions between colours and giving the impression of 3-dimensionality as well as a having seductive and powerful visual effect.
“The measure of Gadsby’s success is that these images don’t look facile, despite the opulence and sweetness of their colour; instead they are aloof, constrained and tinged with mystery.” (Catalogue, New Generation,1966)
By the 1980s difficult circumstances had arisen in Gadsby’s life that interfered with further development of his work. Like so many artists of Gadsby’s generation, the lack of arts patronage in Britain limited the success and international recognition that many of these artists deserved in what was an exciting moment in art history.
1943 Born in Derby
1961-65 Attended Derby and District College of Art
1963-65 Exhibited paintings in several provincial art galleries
1965-66 Moved to London and attended Hornsey College of Art as a
postgraduate in painting
1966 Taught at Norwich College of Art
Began teacher part-time at Wolverhampton College of Art
1966 Visiting USA on Peter Stuyvesant Foundation Travel Bursary.
1964-66 Young Contemporaries, London
1964 Midland Group Open 21, Exhibition
1965 John Moores Liverpool Exhibition, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
1966 The New Generation: 1966, Whitechapel Gallery
1967 Edinburgh’ 100’ Exhibition
1968 Leicestershire Collection: Part II, Whitechapel Gallery
1968 New Generation: Interim: Exhibition of Painting, Whitechapel Gallery
2019 Art Market San Francisco, Timothy Yarger Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2019 Art Palm Springs, Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Palm Springs, CA
2019 LA Art Show, Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA