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Our pick of this week’s art events: 15 – 22 April

Published 17 April 2015

From Prunella Clough’s beautiful industrial landscapes at Osborne Samuel to Modigliani’s figures at the Estorick Collection.

  • Prunella Clough – Unconsidered Wastelands

    Osborne Samuel, London, 16 April – 16 May 2015

    The legion of admirers of Prunella Clough’s paintings continues to grow, over 15 years after the British artist’s death. Clough had a golden touch, representing urban and industrial landscapes and details in a range of evocative semi-figurative styles, from chunky post-war geometries of factories to more freeform, colourful works that border on abstraction.

  • Prunella Clough, Woman in a biscuit factory

    Prunella Clough, Woman in a biscuit factory, 1953.

    Courtesy of Osborne Samuel.

    Oil on Canvas. 76 x 63 cm.

  • Modigliani – A Unique Artistic Voice

    Estorick Collection, London, 15 April – 18 June 2015

    Modigliani’s portraits are famous for their graphic style; bodies, faces and features are pared-down, geometric and elongated, in nods to both avant-garde 20th-century abstraction and ancient art. The Estorick sheds new light on this most instantly recognisable artist from this week, focusing on his works on paper and how they helped gestate his most memorable mode of representation.

  • Amedeo Modigliani, L'Amazone

    Amedeo Modigliani, L'Amazone, 1909.

    Black Crayon. 30.8 x 23.2 cm. Courtesy: Richard Nathanson, London.

  • Hughie O’Donoghue – Permanent Green

    Marlborough Fine Art, London, 22 April – 30 June 2015

    Hughie O’Donoghue’s subject matter is, in essence, memory: in a recent article for RA Magazine, he claimed, “Remembering and painting are close companions; both seek equivalents for something profound, a calling to mind of something not to be forgotten.” In the Royal Academician’s latest solo exhibition at Marlborough, he shows ten large paintings in response to the countryside of County Mayo, Ireland, a place he visited often as a child. The lyrical layers of oil in these landscapes render as much a recollection of place as a real environment. Watch a video interview with Hughie O‘Donoghue here.

  • Night Visitor , Hughie O’Donoghue

    Night Visitor, Hughie O’Donoghue, 2015.

    Oil on Canvas. 123 x 144 cm. Copyright Hughie O’Donoghue, courtesy Marlborough Fine Art, London.

  • Fiona Rae RA

    Timothy Taylor, London, 22 April – 30 May 2015

    Fiona Rae’s colourful paintings have stewed together sources as broad as clip-art, Chinese scroll painting and Abstract Expressionism, synthesising them into a personal aesthetic, always creating challenging but cogent canvases. Her latest series on view at Timothy Taylor marks a significant departure: the new works are greyscale, in different ranges of white, black and grey, which endows her characteristically restless forms with a more cool, even elegant, atmosphere.

  • Fiona Rae , Figure 1i

    Fiona Rae, Figure 1i, 2014.

    Oil and acrylic on canvas. 183 x 129.5 cm. © Fiona Rae. Courtesy Timothy Taylor Gallery, London..

  • Sanya Kantarovsky – Apricot Juice

    Studio Voltaire, London, 17 April – 7 June 2015

    Moscow-born, New York-based figurative painter Kantarovsky has found a following for her large-scale, colourful, quasi-comic canvases. But for her Studio Voltaire show – a response to Mikhail Bulgakov’s modernist novel The Master and Margarita – she collaborates with Lithuanian-born artist Ieva Misevi?i?t? who performs physical theatre in front of her paintings this weekend.

  • Sanya Kantarovsky,  Kolobok

    Sanya Kantarovsky, Kolobok, 2014.

    Oil, watercolor, pastel and charcoal on linen. 86.4 x 66cm. Credit Dawn Blackman. Courtesy of the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York.