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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
January 11 - 31, 2010
London, England / Online

Adonis Art
presents:
Post-War Friends Revisited
Paintings by Peter Samuelson (1912 - 1996)


Painting by Peter Samuelson

On-Line Gallery Available

Peter Samuelson is increasingly recognised as one of the most significant painters of the period immediately following World War II

A man of independent means, he lived entirely for the activity of painting, and paid little regard to its commercial potential. Living in West London, he chose as his subject matter his family and friends, and the many young working class men he came across in his daily life. Some were local workman like Ray the Butcher and John the Postman; others were young friends who rented rooms in his large house.

Yet others were the young black men of the Windrush generation who were beginning to settle in London in the 1950s. Peter Samuelson’s paintings are characterised by a fine technique, tenderness and reticence of expression. He delicately captures the quiet restraint of the period immediately before the 1960’s explosion in artistic and social attitudes.

His work forms a bridge between the artistic generations of Duncan Grant and David Hockney. His long wait for recognition is mainly due to his own reluctance to place his work with galleries for public display. His work has now been photographed and catalogued by the Bridgman Art Library as the work of a significant artist of the period. Works by Peter Samuelson are in the collections of the late Sir Alan Bates, and Anne Robinson, the writer and broadcaster, among many others.

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“The abstract, especially in those rough sketches, is very important to me, perhaps because of my advertising background, where layout is so important. Sometimes those first few lines cut the paper into such satisfying shapes that I don’t want to go on, but I always do, adding nostrils and nipples and bootstraps until I have filled the paper up as usual.” — Tom of Finland