Jacqueline Doughty on Bea Maddock’s ’48 Package’

30 Apr 2020

Potter Curatorial Manager, Jacqueline Doughty delves into the making of Bea Maddock’s 48 Package. Throughout the 1960s and 70s Maddock had established a reputation primarily as a printmaker. This important work, completed after an inspiring visit to a Jasper Johns exhibition in New York in the late 1970s, signalled a return to painting for the artist.

Maddock experiments with a variety of techniques on this large-scale canvas, including drawing, stencilling, collage and painting with wax. As Jacqueline says, “There is very abstract, metaphysical thinking behind the work, but also a really hands-on, physical love of the act of making art”

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