Antony Donaldson: French Paintings

1 - 30 July 2021
  • "Like Ingres 'The Turkish Bath', Donaldson's French Paintings crystallise his own artistic approach."

    - Renaud Faroux

    Antony in his studio © Michel Lunardelli 2019
  • Just over a centenary after Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres painted his Bain Turc (1863, Louvre), in 1973, in the middle of a series of Beach Paintings Antony Donaldson was working on, the artist painted a circular version of the Bain Turc he titled Tahiti Plage. After a period focused on sculpture, the artist went back to this theme in 2006 and started exploring the series, which Marco Livingtstone coined as “Cool Paintings of a Hot subject". Using his famous technique of laser cut out board on panel, the artist explored the complexity and depth of this intimate scene with a number of poses from the models, highly stylised bodies transposed and almost floating within an abstract geometrical background.

     

    From the 20 paintings that were created in 2006, only a few remain available presented here; three works on panel, one on canvas and three works on paper, preparatory drawings for the series.

  • BAIGNEUSE TURQUE BLEUE, 2006 Acrylic on board 80 x 80 cm 31 1/2 x 31 1/2 inches
    BAIGNEUSE TURQUE BLEUE2006
    Acrylic on board
    80 x 80 cm
    31 1/2 x 31 1/2 inches
  • IN THE FOREST OF THE NIGHT, 2006-7 Acrylic on board 122 x 122 cm 48 x 48 inches
    IN THE FOREST OF THE NIGHT2006-7
    Acrylic on board
    122 x 122 cm
    48 x 48 inches
  • BAIGNEUSE TURQUE, 2006-7 Acrylic on board 80 x 80 cm 31 1/2 x 31 1/2 inches
    BAIGNEUSE TURQUE2006-7
    Acrylic on board
    80 x 80 cm
    31 1/2 x 31 1/2 inches
  • IN THE ROOM THE WOMEN COME AND GO, TALKING OF MICHELANGELO, 2006-19 Acrylic on cotton duck 122 x 122 cm...
    IN THE ROOM THE WOMEN COME AND GO, TALKING OF MICHELANGELO2006-19
    Acrylic on cotton duck
    122 x 122 cm
    48 x 48 inches
    • ANTONY DONALDSON, French Painting No. 5, 2006
      ANTONY DONALDSON, French Painting No. 5, 2006
    • ANTONY DONALDSON, French Painting No. 8, 2006
      ANTONY DONALDSON, French Painting No. 8, 2006
    • ANTONY DONALDSON, French Painting No. 4, 2006
      ANTONY DONALDSON, French Painting No. 4, 2006
  • During the lockdown, in Summer 2020, Antony Donaldson returned to sculpture again, falling in love with some Sycamore from the local sawmill which he laminated. Working patiently through months of carving and polishing, the artist transformed the majestic wood into a female body, elegant, anonymous and powerful in her nudity, a Greek caryatid bust with black feet. During this strange period, Donaldson created from the nature around him a symbol of eternity, strength and universality that stands today amongst his career of many achievements.

  • NAKED GIRL 1, 2020 Sycamore and acrylic paint 117 x 38 x 40 cm 46 x 15 x 15 3/4... NAKED GIRL 1, 2020 Sycamore and acrylic paint 117 x 38 x 40 cm 46 x 15 x 15 3/4... NAKED GIRL 1, 2020 Sycamore and acrylic paint 117 x 38 x 40 cm 46 x 15 x 15 3/4...
    NAKED GIRL 12020
    Sycamore and acrylic paint
    117 x 38 x 40 cm
    46 x 15 x 15 3/4 inches