Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Clive McCartney at the Catto Gallery

Posted by jonathanfryer on Thursday, 10th September, 2015

Clive McCartney paintingThe artist Clive McCartney is inspired by the power of the sun. Light and movement are all, as witnessed in so many of his canvasses in the exhibition currently running at the Catto Gallery in Hampstead. His visions of Grand Central Staion in New York, busy with faceless travellers, as well as his exteriors of almost deserted Paris cafĂ© terraces are particularly affecting. Had I a spare square two metres of wall space in my house, I would happily buy one. He is far more confident in acrylic on board that oil on canvas, and some of his London views, such as Greenwich from the top of the hill in the park, are disappointing. But the rest more than make up for this. He is an artist supremely conscious of place, as well as the light that iluminates it, and even if Paris and New York might seem old hat as themes for an Engushman abroad — even one based in Tunbridge Wells — he brings something fresh and appealing. Go and see the exhibition. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

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