Drawn to the source of the late cubist and surrealist work now influencing him Wilfred Avery moved to Paris in 1963. He met some of the American abstract expressionists working there, including Joan Mitchell, but he continued to use a great deal of imagery which became even more enigmatic
After Paris, at Cagnes-sur-Mer, he began to make small collage-gouaches using photographs of athletes and footballers. This technique became a regular feature of his work for years to come.
A move to Blackheath , south east London, in 1969 brought great energy to the work. Here a series of twenty 'figures', worked on for five years, was completed. These heavily overworked and highly original paintings are seminal to the development of his images in the years ahead.
|Double Elevation 1964-1969