Leonard Wyatt 1922-2008
Exhibition of paintings by Ilford artist Leonard Wyatt
On the third floorof the former Harrison Gibson Store
High Road Ilford from April 2008
Geometry has exerted a powerful influence on many artists and schools of art throughout history. ‘The Golden Section’, although not geometrical in the visual sense, is a mathematical concept and has probably been at work on artists’ compositional awareness since ancient times. In the modern era the visual impact of geometry has been more explicit. With his concern for the inner structures of things in the visible world Cezanne wrote of ‘treating nature in terms of the cylinder, the sphere and the cone, all in perspective’ – Fernand Leger could be said to have been even more ‘up front’ with cylinders, spheres and cones; his were not part of the structure – they were the structure! (his nudes are possibly an acquired taste). The facets into which the Cubists fragmented their pictures were of simple geometric shapes, no matter how complex the finished structures, and, of course, geometric abstraction has taken this approach to its ultimate form of expression, witness Mondrian, Van Doesberg, Albers, Vasarely – and so on.