John Blackburn

I am currently working on a major essay for the monograph ‘John Blackburn: The Human and the Abstract’, to be published by Sansom & Co in the autumn. As part of my research for the book I recently made a visit to the archive at Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge to look at material relating to Blackburn. Whilst there I was able to see a substantial group of paintings by the artist which form part of the Kettle’s Yard collection. Shown on the wall in the photograph here is ‘Lead Relief’, a Blackburn piece from the 1960s, displayed in the house at Kettle’s Yard. Following a major redevelopment programme, Kettle’s Yard will reopen to the public next month. For more information visit:


Peter Seal

It was great to see a group of recent paintings by Peter Seal at the London Art Fair earlier this month. Seal is now represented by Anthony Hepworth, of Brownsword Hepworth Fine Art, London: More on Peter Seal can be found here on my website.


Forthcoming projects

This year my focus is predominantly on writing for substantial future publications.

Along with this, I have recently met with curatorial teams at two public galleries, and discussed with them my potential curatorial involvement in exhibitions to be programmed in 2020. Both shows relate strongly to aspects of my research. So far the shows are at the discussion/ideas stage, with final decisions yet to be made. Updates will follow.


Photograph: Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, 23 January 2018.

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