London Galleries


by M. G. McNay


...If the papier colles of Matisse are half way to heaven, as Robert Melville once wrote of the huge example in the Tate, then the paintings of Paul Huxley and Jeremy Moon are part way along the same primrose path. They dominate the group show of some of the Rowan gallery’s own artists (25a Lowndes Street, London SW1, until Friday). They belong to the first generation of British artists to use such untrammelled colour so beautifully and clearly owe a lot to Matisse. Huxley’s swelling themes in green on a mauve or cerise ground and Moon’s scarlet canvas with little pockets of black, green, cerulean blue, and yellow in the corners are especially beautiful. Surrounded by these one almost imagines that we are entering an age (such as prevailed for prose writers in the eighteenth century) when given the tools no painter could produce bad work. Oh well.