Friday, September 08, 2006

10. The Underpainter by Jane Urquhart

ISBN 0771086547 - McClelland & Stewart, 1997

Artist Austin Fraser reflects on his life and the people whose lives have impacted it including: George a china painter & collector; Augusta a nurse who returned home from the First World War with shell-shock; and Sara his model and lover.
Austin develops a painting technique that mirrors the way he deals with emotion.
"It was a critic who came up with the term 'erasure' when I first exhibited the series. There is nothing, you understand, like an obscured subject to give the critic something to talk about. Even those who had been either indifferent or hostile to my work in the past wrote long, reflective essays about the hidden subject matter that, under the circumstances, they were forced mostly to imagine. " pp 183-184

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