Michael Rothenstein RA (1908 - 1993)
Exploding the Boundaries: Paintings and Original Prints

 

This unique collection of paintings and original linocut prints by Michael Rothenstein, who was perhaps the most experimental British graphic artist of the 20th century, has been curated in collaboration with Rothenstein’s estate. The exhibition is accompanied by a major new illustrated book, written by Mel Gooding. This artist’s works are distinctive and iconic and in collections such as The Tate Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, The British Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

 

This exhibition coincides with the launch of a new monograph on this artist by
Mel Gooding. The fully illustrated 110 page book can be purchased from the gallery for just £10. To reserve your copy, please email gallery@davidsimoncontemporary.com or telephone 01225 460189
 

Tractor and Plough
oil on canvas, 1942
signed
61 x 92cm

 

The Hilltop
woodcut, edition of 50
1991-92

60.5 x 66.5cm

signed

 

Cockerel
linocut, edition of 12
1960

72 x 50cm

signed

 

 

 

Purple Flowers
woodcut, edition of 29
1989

60 x 62cm

unsigned

 

 

Untitled - The Orange Motor Car
woodcut, edition of 25

76 x 60.5cm

signed

 

Untitled - Birds in a Tree
mixed media 
c.1990s

100 x 73.5cm

signed

 

 

Untitled - Butterflies
mixed media
c.1980s / 90s

82.5 x 105cm

signed

 

 

Arrow Tree
hand-coloured etching with aquatint
1952
18 x 20cm
signed

 

 

Macaws
woodcut
1988
90 x 62cm
signed

 

 

Landscape with Orange Flower
etching with aquatint
1955
36 x 51cm
signed

 

 

The Cockerel
lithograph, edition of 50
1950

47 x 73cm

signed

 

Untitled - Cockerel
ink and watercolour

62 x 87cm

signed

 

 

Untitled - Cockerel with Pink House
watercolour

56 x 76cm

unsigned

 

 

Blue to Red

woodcut and screenprint
1968 - 70

73.5 x 58.5cm

signed

 

 

Holywood Bowl
woodcut and screenprint
1970

73.5 x 58.5cm

signed

 

 

Green Pagoda

woodcut and screenprint
1968 - 70

73.5 x 58.5cm

signed

(in collection of

Tate Gallery)

 

 

Pink to Purple with Free Wheels

woodcut and screenprint
1968 - 70

73.5 x 58.5cm

signed

 

Black Mast, Dalmation Sea

linocut
1950s
76 x 56cm

signed

 

Red Cliff, Brittany

linocut
1958
47.5 x 72cm
signed

 

Landscape with a Square House
linocut
1950s
40 x 57.5cm
signed

 

 

The Torch

linocut
1957

73 x 45cm

signed

 

 

 

 

Three Pierced Forms

colour etching
1950s

signed

 

 

Figure

etching
1953
30 x 42.7cm

signed

 

 

Scrap Metal
watercolour and ink
signed

 

 

Two Birds
woodcut
1959 - 60
38 x 51cm
signed

 

Fathers
woodcut and screenprint
1958
56 x 80cm
signed

(in collection of Tate Gallery)

 

Untitled, Purple, Red and Green
linocut and woodcut
56 x 86cm
signed

(in collection of Tate Gallery)

 

Cuba
linocut, edition of 35
1959 - 60
72.5 x 57.5cm
signed

 

 

Blue Line, Red Line
woodcut and linocut edition of 25
1963
47 x 74.5cm
signed

 

Black Bar and Cross
woodcut and linocut
1965
42.5 x 59cm
signed

 

 

Three Birds and a Worm
woodcut, edition 34/50
70 x 60cm

 

Black Horse
etching
1954
35 x 47.5cm

signed

 

 

Two Houses
linocut, edition of 40
1959
48 x 72m
signed

 

 

The Farmyard
watercolour and ink
 

unsigned

 

Blue Circle
woodcut and etching
1961
37.5 x 50cm

signed

 

 

Untitled
mixed media
1969
50 x 75.5cm

signed

 

 

Catherine Wheels
etching
1953
30 x 42.5cm

signed
(in collection of Tate Gallery)

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Born in Hampstead, London, on 19 March 1908, Rothenstein studied at Chelsea Polytechnic and Central School of Arts and Crafts, 1924-27. He had his first one-man show in 1938 and during World War II participated in the Pilgrim Trust Recording Britain project. After the war, he taught printmaking at Camberwell School of Art and was Art Fellow at Sheffield University in 1962.

 

Rothenstein became one of the most experimental printmakers in Britain during the ‘50s and ’60s. As well as found objects such as wood offcuts and metal debris, he incorporated fresh 20th century imagery into his relief prints, combining photographic material with traditional woodcuts and linocuts. Numerous major galleries currently hold his work, including The Tate Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, The British Museum, National Gallery of Scotland and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and elected RA in 1983.

David Simon Contemporary is delighted to present an exhibition featuring some forty paintings and original lino-cut prints. This exhibition coincides with the launch of a new book on Rothenstein's work by Mel Gooding.

 

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