John Cecil Stephenson (1889-1965):
Abstract forms in yellow, white and blue, circa 1950
Framed (ref: 4803)
Inscribed with 6
Crayon on paper, 12 x 9 in. (30.5 x 22.9 cm.)
Exhibited: DLI Museum and Art Gallery, Feb-April 2012, ex cat.
During the Second World War Stephenson hovered between figurative and abstract art often combining pure colour fields with strong lines defining the edge of the composition. Sometimes, the colours were applied as collage, a technique shown to Stephenson by his friend Ben Nicholson. Stylistically this work can be compared with the work of Calder, (Stephenson knew Calder and had a moible by him in his studio) and compositions by Stephenson such as Blue and Yellow Figure (circa 1946) (see Guthrie, John Cecil Stephenson, 1997, p. 139).We are grateful to Conor Mullan for assistance.