Roger Mayne

'Dark Sky, Sedgemoor', 1977

Cibachrome print, 7¼ x 11 in., matted, signed and inscribed Proof in pencil on mount, in clipframe with typescript title label on verso giving print date 1978.
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, Roger Mayne, 1978; Newlyn Art Gallery, 1980
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Lot Essay

John Russell Taylor, reviewing the I. C. A. exhibition in The Times on 1 November 1978, describes the landscapes as the real revelation of the show. Colour often seems like an easy option: easy to make a splash with it, much harder to use it with controlled economy. Just look at the very first photograph on the right....It is of a stone-built cottage painted white, against a wine-dark sky, with a patch of darkly incandescent green at its base. And it captures, once for all, a kind of light and atmosphere I have experienced but never seen exactly got down by any painter or photographer before....

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