Visit the Saatchi’s latest Salon exhibition, Modern British Art, a curated group of works which highlights some of the inspiring British artists working in recent British decades, on from 5-23 September.
John Bratby (1928 – 92)
Seen as somewhat an enfant terrible on the British Art scene but a key founder of the kitchen sink style of realism that was so influential in the 50s. His works are notable for their celebration of everyday life and subjects which transport the audience from studio to kitchen, carrying a social rather than political commentary.
Merlin James (b. 1960)
The youngest artist in the group creates smaller scale canvases which refine and renew many of paintings most honoured concerns which include genre and narrative, pictorial space and expressive gestures.
Paula Rego (b. 1935)
Her work is exemplary of how diverse Modern British Art was becoming. Juxtaposing elements of comedy and horror, she created sinister, humorous worlds that take familiar nursery rhymes as the subject, drawn from her childhood memories.
George Sweet (1909 – 1997)
Sweet grew more ambitious in the later years of his career, increasing the scale of his works. He found he was able to capture his subjects with revelatory use of form, light and realism.
Victor Willing (1928-1988)
Although the body of his works are small, his later paints and bold and revelatory. He explores dream imagery and created a new language of figuration which refocused attention on contemporary painting.
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