|Euan Uglow, The Blue Towel, 1982-3, Jerwood Collection (artist copyright)|
‘Basically I’m trying to paint a structured painting full of controlled, and therefore potent, emotion.’ So wrote Uglow of a painstaking working method in which precise measurement and great care in paint handling played an important role both in defining figures and in evoking a specific mood. In this unusual composition we see a figure – modelled on artist Liz Barratt – in three consecutive poses as she collects a towel and walks away to bathe. We sense her almost floating on silent feet, immersed in a private ritual.
'The Blue Towel' is one of over 100 works by 100 modern British artists, selected from the Jerwood and Ingram Collections, which will be featured in 'Century' at Jerwood Gallery, Hastings this autumn.