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Flobe by Eric Gadsby

Flobe by Eric Gadsby

Eric Gadsby's work is abstract both in terms of form and colour and he rejects any attempt to read allusion to nature in it: "The images and shapes in my paintings have no conscious organic foundation; they primarily operate as a frame in which colour can be manipulated and unfurled into a system of activity" (Exhibition catalogue, 'The New Generation', Whitechapel Gallery, London, 1966, p. 74).

Flobe, a contraction of 'flow' and 'lobe', is a formal construction, the thinly applied paint giving the work a feeling of constraint, despite the vividness of its crimson, green and yellow colour scheme.