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Antony Donaldson (British, b.1939)
LOT ID: 67094
Red Girl, 1964

Oil, on paper
39.36 х 14.55 in. (99.97 x 36.96 cm.)
Signed, other, on the lower right, recto
Lot description
please note that due to the nature of the material uses in this work, there are areas of the paper that have oil absorbing into it

Intrigued by American life, especially the laid back attitude of California, Antony Donaldson’s visually dynamic and abstracted representations of pin-up models and strippers is a reduced vision of American culture as portrayed in the mass media. Donaldson’s Pop styling is fully realized in this oil painting study, ‘Red Girl’, for the larger 1964 painting, ‘Two Red Girls’. Reminiscent of Roy Lichtenstein’s heavily outlined figurative images, Donaldson’s flirtatious red girl emerges from the formally vague structure and is thrust into the viewer’s gaze.

'Two Red Girls' will be featured in an upcoming exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, England.

Affiliated with the British Pop Art movement of the 1960s through his friendships with Royal College of Art students, Patrick Caulfield, Allen Jones, and Peter Phillips, Antony Donaldson (b.1939) produced bold yet simple representations of youthful, confident women that capture the attitudes and desires of the time. Donaldson studied at the Slade School of Art and has earned numerous accolades for his work, including the 1962 Second Prize Guinness Award and the Harkness Foundation Fellowship that brought him to the United States in 1966 to 1968. While his work has been included in many group shows on Pop Art, Donaldson’s work has also been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at Galerie du Centre, Paris, France (2009) and Paisnel Gallery, London, England (2008).

Selected Public Collections:

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
British Museum, London, England
The Tate Gallery, London, England
Folkwang Museum, Eseen, Germany
Hedendaagse Kunst, Utrecht, Holland
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
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