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Roy Oxlade:
Shine Out Fair Sun

Hastings Contemporary's inaugural exhibition

Roy Oxlade: Shine Out Fair Sun

This summer Hastings Contemporary will present the first major public gallery exhibition of British artist Roy Oxlade (1929-2014). Described in the Guardian as ‘one of the most impressive British painters of the past 50 years’, Roy Oxlade was an artist, art writer and highly influential teacher. Oxlade’s approach to painting was energetic, bold and instinctive and he was well known for his powerful use of colour.

Roy Oxlade: Shine Out Fair Sun will feature work from the 60 years of Oxlade’s artistic output, including some of his earliest paintings produced in the 1950s while studying as a student of David Bomberg, alongside Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff. This exhibition will give visitors the opportunity to encounter an extraordinary and previously overlooked artist’s vision that impressed many of his own students and contemporaries. Oxlade believed that art should be rooted in nature and the artist’s immediate surroundings, taking inspiration from the objects of daily life, ‘things, trees, houses, cats, people’. Oxlade was married to the artist Rose Wylie, and he admired the work of artists including Henri Matisse, David Bomberg and Hastings Contemporary’s launch artist Tal R.

The gallery will be closed from 10th June - 6th July to install this incredible exhibtion.