Cyril Mann: Painter of Light and Shadow
12 January – 31 March 2019
Celebrate an unsung hero of Modern British Art in this exhibition of Cyril Mann's works including nudes, landscapes and still life.
Prodigiously gifted yet constantly troubled, Cyril Mann (1911-1980) created a body of work covering a variety of styles, with echoes of Neo-Romanticism, Pop Art, and the Scottish Colourists. Despite this diversity, his paintings are always characterised by their visionary and dynamic depictions of light and shadow.
The exhibition traces his journey through life via the paintings he created, from scenes of post-war London life, to explorations of nature including nudes, flowers and fruit.
The sun is ever present in his landscapes and urban scenes of the 1930s and 40s – golden, glowing orbs, cutting through the skies with rays of light, illuminating gloomy scenes below. In the 1950s he entered his Solid Shadow period, painting still lifes in bold, block colours with thick black outlines. His later work in the 1960s and 70s had a lighter touch – colours appear to be dashed on in confident, random strokes, creating rough impressions of plants, people and landscapes.