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• I recently visited the artist Peter Joyce in the La Vendée region of France where he lives and works. The visit provided an invaluable opportunity, not only to look at and discuss the artist’s work in the context of his studio, but also in experiencing the quietly dramatic local landscape, formed as it is from land reclaimed from the sea. Rich in wildlife, and with expansive vistas of land, water and sky, the landscape is the major source of inspiration for Peter Joyce’s work. My essay on his work will be included in the catalogue of his next London show, to be presented by Jenna Burlingham Fine Art next year.

 

• Two current London exhibitions of note:

A beautiful show of abstract paintings (plus one sculpture) by John McLean, just opened at Maddox Arts, Brooks Mews, Mayfair. The show continues until 30 July.
http://www.maddoxarts.com/

 

Vibration of Space at Waddington Custot, Cork Street, Mayfair. The show consists of paintings by four artists: Patrick Heron, Nicolas de Staël, Hans Hartung and Pierre Soulages. Strongly recommended. The show continues until 9 July. There is a beautifully produced catalogue. http://www.waddingtoncustot.com/

 

• Photograph: Peter Joyce and Ian Massey discussing a painting in progress in the artist’s studio, May 2016. Photograph by Jo Long.

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