Michael Upton’s Cornish panorama work on the London Artwork Gallery on-line exhibition by 1960’s pop painter Michael Upton


An exhibition of Michael Upton’s Cornish landscape paintings is shown online by Messum’s London Art Gallery (Image: Courtesy of David Messum Fine Art Ltd).

One of Britain’s most famous pop artists of the 1960s will be remembered with a special exhibition of his landscape works in Cornwall.

The late Michael Upton was one of the most progressive and radical pop artists of the 1960s, working alongside David Hockney and John Hoyland.

His work took a monumental change when he settled in Mousehole, Cornwall.

His landscapes became more intimate, and in the latter life Michael emerged as an artist who became one of the best protagonists in the long tradition of Cornish landscape art.

A retrospective of his art is now on view as part of a major online exhibition organized by London art dealer Messum’s.

Michael Upton in his studio (Image: David Messum Fine Art Ltd)

A gallery spokesman said: “Michael Upton was a barfly, raconteur, name dropper and a beautiful sixties kid.

“Yet Upton’s muted, carefully crafted paintings and watercolors seem to reveal little of the extraordinary man behind them.

“The work from the second half of his career that makes up the body of this new exhibition, much of which was painted in his Mousehole studio, is based on deep, almost unexpected layers of innovation and experience that only a careful study of his life and enable his life to work fully revealed. “

Upton moved to the small fishing village of Mousehole in 1996 to a beautiful, pristine studio in a converted Methodist chapel.

Then he turned to the Cornish countryside, which he had seen in the 1960s while attending Peter Lanyon’s summer school in St. Ives with Patrick Caulfield.

An exhibition of Michael Upton’s Cornish landscape paintings is shown online by Messum’s London Art Gallery (Image: Courtesy of David Messum Fine Art Ltd).

The spokesman added, “His colorful little pictures of fishing boats – or the rainbow looming over the gray, rain-lashed rooftops of Newlyn – show how much fun an artist can have who can often be just as serious and scientific in his work. “

In his 2002 obituary, The Times wrote: “The paintings Michael Upton produced in his Mousehole studio, while never presumptuous, were often not mounted or framed.

“Whether his subject was Newlyn or Naples, he took pictures, often in multiples or series, that made the viewer think.

“Exploring Michael Upton’s origins and developments, experiments and changing processes as an artist offers a remarkable glimpse into his practice and process, as well as the mind of a man who has spent his life searching for ways like the modern artist the modern environment could properly reflect the environment.

“It’s like a lesson in British art history in the second half of the 20th century, filled with the famous names who have shaped Upton’s career from its beginnings to his untimely death in Truro in 2002.”

The online exhibition at Messum will take place from March 3rd to 26th and can be viewed here

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