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Michael Andrews, R.A. (1928-1995)
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Michael Andrews, R.A. (1928-1995)

Study of a head for 'Lights' No. 3

Michael Andrews, R.A. (1928-1995)
Study of a head for 'Lights' No. 3
oil on board
8¼ x 6 3/8 in. (21 x 16.3 cm.)
Painted in 1968.
with Marlborough Fine Art, London, where purchased by the present owner.
Exhibition catalogue, Michael Andrews, London, Arts Council of Great Britain, Hayward Gallery, 1980, pp. 64, 83, no. 72, illustrated twice.
London, Arts Council of Great Britain, Hayward Gallery, Michael Andrews, October 1980 - January 1981, no. 72: this exhibition travelled to Edinburgh, Fruit Market Gallery, January - February 1981; and Manchester, Whitworth Art Gallery, March - April 1981.
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Lot Essay

In 1968-69 Andrews worked on a series of small oil studies that he executed in preparation for a larger painting called Lights. This was to be a painting of a party filled with the people that Andrews considered to be 'enlightened', although in the end he never painted the work because 'somehow I'd covered all that ground already in a way' (see exhibition catalogue, Michael Andrews, loc. cit.).

The title 'Lights' relates to Andrews' fascination with Rimbaud's suite of prose poems Les Illuminations, and he has taken the theme of enlightenment and applies it to contemporary Sixties London. Some of the images for this series were based on anonymous photographs and others on images of popular musicians as seen in Melody Maker, such as Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan (see Study of a Head for 'Lights' sold in these Rooms from the Collection of the Late Miss Valerie Beston, on 8 February 2006, lot 1, for £176,000). Study of a head for 'Lights' No. 2, 1968 is in the Arts Council Collection.

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