Knight Webb Gallery

Rufus ‘Space Poem No. 6’ 2019 40 x 40 cm, acrylic on rag paper





A solo exhibition

November 27th 2019 – January 27th 2020


From art school onward Rufus default aproach to painting has been Abstract Improvisation.

About 20 years ago Rufus made an enduring friendship with the late Abstract Painter Alan Davie. For many years Rufus worked part time at Gimpel fils Gallery in London, which had been Davie’s gallery since the late 1940’s. The two artists spent time talking and looking through old paintings at Davie’s Hertford studio. For Rufus these journeys to Hertford became a source of inspired learning and led to a more energetic and reckless style of Abstract Expressionism.


I saw a super 8 film of Davie painting, his wife had made. What I found most notable was the his running about almost attacking five or six new works lined up next to each other in the studio. I could see he was trying to outrun self awareness and thereby make fresh, innocent  and unselfconscious paintings. This film had a profound effect on my painting.



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