Painting of the Week / Thomas Abbs

Painting of the Week: 73

Rain Soaked Field - Suffolk

Anthony Amies (1945-2000), Rain Soaked Field – Suffolk, 1978, oil on canvas, 76 x 78 cm, The Picker House Collection.

When Anthony Amies picked up a paintbrush, it was inevitably to the tune of unsparing, pared down realism, in and around Norfolk and Suffolk’s coastline.  With threat lurking and billowing on the horizon, Amies’ paintings appear to be an unflinching celebration of nature’s beauty and capriciousness, that in turn holds a mirror up to the artist’s own disposition. Fighting between feelings of sunny-side up and down, I’m inclined to think what we are seeing in this painting is the moment after a personal trauma. Rousing and agitating our emotions, the vegetation’s purples and greens hint toward a world that again glows and hums with life, possibility, and direction. It’s like a rotovator to the heart. TA

View a larger version of the painting here.

The Picker House and CollectionAnthony Amies’ Rain Soaked Field – Suffolk is part of The Picker House Collection in Kingston, a remarkable late 1960s modernist home specifically designed to accommodate a significant international collection of modern and contemporary painting and sculpture. More information about the collection can be found in our book, The Picker House and Collection.


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