George Frederick Broadley

Lancaster, Mark

This is actually a ‘portrait’ of a building named ‘George Frederick Bodley’.

Born in Holmfirth in 1938, Mark Lancaster studied in the Department of Fine Art at the University of Newcastle.

In 1972 Lancaster moved to New York where he worked with Andy Warhol, taking part in some of his films, and as an assistant to Jasper Johns. From 1975 to 1984 he was designer and artistic advisor to the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in New York.

He returned to England in 1985 and worked in Sandgate, Kent. This painting is one of six named after the architects of college buildings at King’s College, Cambridge. George Frederick Bodley (1827-1907) was a major figure in shaping the architecture of the Gothic Revival style in Victorian England. 

The picture was painted in 1970 while Lancaster was artist-in-residence at King’s College and bought in the same year by the LACF. The painting, in acrylic on canvas, is based on a subdivision of the canvas into a grid pattern and then painting swathes of paint, suggested by the colours of the stonework, diagonally across the divisions.

This produced complex surfaces in which the original grid, marked on the canvas by small white crosses, is almost lost.


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