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Landscape (Mineral)

© the estate of John Wells. Photo credit: The Pier Arts Centre

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This painting, as with a number of works from the 1950s, resolves Wells' fascination with the geometric forms of Constructivism and his love of the Cornish landscape. Angular forms are contained within evocatively textured surface through Wells' practice of repeatedly incising and scraping-back layers of paint to define form. Wells' method of selectively revealing layers of underpainting was inherited from Ben Nicholson, giving his ambiguous landscape compositions a geological dimension.

The Pier Arts Centre


  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on cardboard

  • Measurements

    20.5 x 36 cm

  • Accession number

    PAC 67

  • Acquisition method

    gift from Margaret Gardiner, 1979


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