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Aubrey Williams - October Gallery 1989

Solo show at The October Gallery. 1989
Date: 2 November, 1989 until 16 December, 1989
Curator: October Gallery
Organiser: October Gallery

The last solo exhibition of Aubrey William’ work during his lifetime. (He was to die a few months into 1990, the year following this exhibition).

This particular exhibition was timed to coincide with the major Hayward Gallery exhibition, The Other Story, which featured Williams’ workk.

A modest catalogue was produced to accompany/mark the exhibition. From the catalogue’s flyleaf: “The 8 acrylics reproduced in this catalogue were painted in London in 1989 and exhibited at the October Gallery in November/December of the same year.” However, the card for a Special Reception for the Artist (held on Thursday 30 November, 1989, 6 - 9 pm) featured a work from the previous year, Totemic Emblems IV, 1988, oil on canvas, 99 x 125 cm.

The title of the exhibition, as stated on the Special Reception card, is Aubrey Williams | Selected Oils and Recent Acrylics. The exhibition’s dates (again, as stated on the card) were 2 November - 16 December 1989.

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Born, 1926 in Georgetown, Guyana. Died, 1990

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London, United Kingdom

Aubrey Williams

Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1989
Published by: October Gallery
Year published: 1989
Unpaginated.

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Small catalogue for the last solo exhibition of Aubrey Williams’ work during his lifetime. (He was to die a few months into 1990, the year following this exhibition). The catalogue was produced to accompany/mark the exhibition. From the catalogue’s flyleaf: “The 8 acrylics reproduced in this catalogue were painted in London in 1989 and exhibited at the October Gallery in November/December of the same year.” 

Within his introduction, Denis Bowen writes “Painters with whom [Williams] has found affinities, such as Pollock, Gorky, Matta, DeKooning, Tamayo and Alan Davie appeal to his own sense of symbology, movement and colour and it is not surprising that Alan Davie spends much time at Aubrey’s Santa Lucia Studio in the Caribbean.”

The catalogue is a useful and valuable document as it contains, as mentioned, eight reproductions of Williams’ later work, which is seldom reproduced so substantially.

Catalogue contents as follows:

Introduction ‘The Work of Aubrey Williams’, by Denis Bowen, London.

Eight colour plates.

Biographical Note (In actuality, a substantial CV)

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Aubrey Williams | Selected Oils and Recent Acrylics

Announcement relating to an exhibition, 1989
Published by: October Gallery
Year published: 1989
Unpaginated.

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Card for a Special Reception for Aubrey Williams (held on Thursday 30 November, 1989, 6 - 9 pm) to mark his solo exhibition at the October Gallery of Aubrey Williams | Selected Oils and Recent Acrylics. One side of the card featured Totemic Emblems IV, 1988, oil on canvas, 99 x 125 cm.

The title of the exhibition, as stated on the Special Reception card, is Aubrey Williams | Selected Oils and Recent Acrylics. The exhibition’s dates (again, as stated on the card) were 2 November - 16 December 1989.

This Special Reception for Williams is likely to have been one of his last public appearances, as he died within a few months of 1990.

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Aubrey Williams “Cosmos” Series 1996

Brochure relating to an exhibition, 1996
Published by: October Gallery
Year published: 1996
ISBN: 1 899542 06 X
Unpaginated.

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For years before his death, London’s October Gallery emerged as a committed advocate for Aubrey Williams’ work. This advocacy and commitment has continued in the decades following the Guyana-born artist’s death in 1990. Typical in this regard was the exhibition of Williams’ “Cosmos” series, held at October Gallery 14 December 1995 - 27 January 1996. As with other exhibitions of Williams’ work at October Gallery, this one came with a modest, but very useful brochure that provided invaluable documentation of Williams’ practice. Again, as with other catalogues on Williams’ work, it was long-time admirer of Williams, Guy Brett, who provided the brief text. Brett opened his text with, “Aubrey Williams was extrememely intersted in astrology. He owned two telescopes and was a member of the Royal Astronomical Society. An inveterate insomniac, he was often up with a telescope at four in the morning observing the sky on clear nights.

But Wiilliams was also, and equally, interested in agronomy, geology, archeology, Amerindian cosmology, ecology and ornithology! He paid attention, as he himself said admiringly of the composter Shostakovich, to “a hundred different things”.

All ‘ologies’ were really aspects of the same thing, and there was something faintly absurd about the divisions and subdivisions of human knowledge in the face of such vast and grand reality. Williams could well have said of stars what he said of birds: “…To me, birds represent the unattainable, posessing qualities we can only admire from our limited human state”.”

This brochure was six-sided and folded down to an A5 lanscape size. Opening the brochure out, Brett’s text appeared between large reproductions of two of Williams’ paintings, Nebulic Cluster, 1985, oil on canvas, 119 x 178 cm, and Collapse II, oil on canvas, 76 x 122 cm. A smaller reproduction of another painting, Bio IV, oil on canvas, 61 x 76 cm appeared on the reverse of the brochure, in a substantial CV of the artist. An uncredited portrait of Williams introduced the CV, and an uncredited detail of one of his “Cosmos” paintings adorned the cover of the brochure. (the painting was Nebula in Orion, 1985, oil on canvas, 119 x 177.5 cm)

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Aubrey Williams “Cosmos” Series

Solo show at The October Gallery. 1995 - 1996
Date: 14 December, 1995 until 27 January, 1996
Organiser: October Gallery

For years before his death, London’s October Gallery emerged as a committed advocate for Aubrey Williams’ work. This advocacy and commitment has continued in the decades following the Guyana-born artist’s death in 1990. Typical in this regard was the exhibition of Williams’ “Cosmos” series, held at October Gallery 14 December 1995 - 27 January 1996.

The exhibition focused on Williams’ “Cosmos” paintings of the mid 1980s, such as Nebulic Cluster, 1985, oil on canvas, 119 x 178 cm, Collapse II, oil on canvas, 76 x 122 cm, and Nebula in Orion, 1985, oil on canvas, 119 x 177.5 cm.

As with other exhibitions of Williams’ work at October Gallery, this one came with a modest, but very useful brochure that provided invaluable documentation of Williams’ practice. Again, as with other catalogues on Williams’ work, it was long-time admirer of Williams, Guy Brett, who provided the brief text. Brett’s text reflected his familiarity with not only Williams’ practice, but with Williams himself, Brett’s text opened with, “Aubrey Williams was extrememely intersted in astrology. He owned two telescopes and was a member of the Royal Astronomical Society. An inveterate insomniac, he was often up with a telescope at four in the morning observing the sky on clear nights.

But Wiilliams was also, and equally, interested in agronomy, geology, archeology, Amerindian cosmology, ecology and ornithology! He paid attention, as he himself said admiringly of the composter Shostakovich, to “a hundred different things”.

All ‘ologies’ were really aspects of the same thing, and there was something faintly absurd about the divisions and subdivisions of human knowledge in the face of such vast and grand reality. Williams could well have said of stars what he said of birds: “…To me, birds represent the unattainable, posessing qualities we can only admire from our limited human state”.”

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Born, 1926 in Georgetown, Guyana. Died, 1990

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London, United Kingdom

Aubrey Williams October Gallery 2002

Solo show at The October Gallery. 2002
Date: 5 September, 2002 until 5 October, 2002
Organiser: October Gallery

For years before his death, London’s October Gallery emerged as a committed advocate for Aubrey Williams’ work. This advocacy and commitment has continued in the decades following the Guyana-born artist’s death in 1990. Typical in this regard was this exhibition of Williams’ work, held at October Gallery 5 September - 5 October 2002.

The exhibition was to be opened by Andrew Dempsey, who had, several years earlier, curated a major exhibition of  Williams’ work at the Whitechapel Art Gallery. 

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Aubrey Williams October Gallery postcard

Postcard relating to an individual, 2002
Published by: October Gallery
Year published: 2002
Unpaginated.

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Elongated postcard of Aubrey WilliamsMural Cartoon (1), c. 1962, 38 x 125.5 cm

The card, produced by The October Gallery was in actuality a Private View invitation card, details (except the painting’s title, etc, and The October Gallery contact details) and logos removed.

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Aubrey Williams: Selected Works, October Gallery 1998

Solo show at The October Gallery. 1998
Date: 25 June, 1998 until 1 August, 1998
Organiser: October Gallery

For years before his death, London’s October Gallery emerged as a committed advocate for Aubrey Williams’ work. This advocacy and commitment has continued in the decades following the Guyana-born artist’s death in 1990. Typical in this regard was the exhibition Aubrey Williams: Selected Works, held at October Gallery 25 June - 1 August 1998.

The exhibition’s invitation card featured Hymn to the Sun V, 1984, oil on canvas, 119 x 178 cm.

It was this exhibition that was made mention of in the Whitechapel agenda brochure (relating to Williams’ exhibition at the Whitechapel in the summer of 1998 - “A selection of works on paper are also showing at the October Gallery from 25 June - 1 August [1998]”

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Born, 1926 in Georgetown, Guyana. Died, 1990

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London, United Kingdom

Aubrey Williams: Selected Works, October Gallery 1998 card

Announcement relating to an exhibition, 1998
Published by: October Gallery
Year published: 1998
Unpaginated.

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For years before his death, London’s October Gallery emerged as a committed advocate for Aubrey Williams’ work. This advocacy and commitment has continued in the decades following the Guyana-born artist’s death in 1990. Typical in this regard was the exhibition Aubrey Williams: Selected Works, held at October Gallery 25 June - 1 August 1998.

The exhibition’s invitation card featured Hymn to the Sun V, 1984, oil on canvas, 119 x 178 cm. The private view took place on Wednesday 24 June 1998.

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Aubrey Williams: Major Works, October Gallery 2006

Solo show at The October Gallery. 2006 - 2007
Date: 7 December, 2006 until 10 February, 2007
Organiser: October Gallery

For years before his death, London’s October Gallery emerged as a committed advocate for Aubrey Williams’ work. This advocacy and commitment has continued in the decades following the Guyana-born artist’s death in 1990. Typical in this regard was the exhibition Aubrey Williams: Major Works, held at October Gallery, 7 December 2006 - 10 February 2007.

The exhibition’s invitation card featured Shostakovich 11th Quartet Opus 122, 1981, oil on canvas, 132 x 203 cm.

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Aubrey Williams: Major Works, October Gallery 2006 card

Announcement relating to a conference, 2006
Published by: October Gallery
Year published: 2006
Unpaginated.

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For years before his death, London’s October Gallery emerged as a committed advocate for Aubrey Williams’ work. This advocacy and commitment has continued in the decades following the Guyana-born artist’s death in 1990. Typical in this regard was the exhibition Aubrey Williams: Major Works, held at October Gallery 7 December 2006 - 10 February 2007.

The exhibition’s invitation card for the Private View of Wednesday 6 December 2006, featured Shostakovich 11th Quartet Opus 122, 1981, oil on canvas, 132 x 203 cm. The exhibition was to be opened by Sandy Nairne, Director, National Portrait Gallery. 

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Aubrey Williams: Now and Coming Time, October Gallery 2010

Solo show at The October Gallery. 2010
Date: 4 February, 2010 until 3 April, 2010
Organiser: October Gallery

For years before his death, London’s October Gallery emerged as a committed advocate for Aubrey Williams’ work. This advocacy and commitment has continued in the decades following the Guyana-born artist’s death in 1990. Typical in this regard was the exhibition Aubrey Williams: Now and Coming Time, held at October Gallery 4 February - 3 April 2010. The exhibition was presented in conjunction with Aubrey Williams: Atlantic Fire, at Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 15 January - 11 April 2010. To this end, there was a substantial joint catalogue, with a Preface by Chili Hawes, of October Gallery, and David Fleming of National Museums Liverpool. The exhibition included small reproductions of the fourteen paintings in the October Gallery exhibition, plus all relevant details of the works.

The exhibition’s invitation card for the Private View of Wednesday 3 February 2010, featured Dawn & Evening Star (Olmec Maya series), 1982, oil on canvas, 132 x 208 cm. The exhibition was to be opened by Mel Gooding.

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Aubrey Williams: Now and Coming Time, October Gallery 2010 card

Announcement relating to an exhibition, 2010
Published by: October Gallery
Year published: 2010
Unpaginated.

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For years before his death, London’s October Gallery emerged as a committed advocate for Aubrey Williams’ work. This advocacy and commitment has continued in the decades following the Guyana-born artist’s death in 1990. Typical in this regard was the exhibition Aubrey Williams: Now and Coming Time, held at October Gallery 4 February - 3 April 2010.

The exhibition’s invitation card for the Private View of Wednesday 3 February 2010, featured Dawn & Evening Star (Olmec Maya series), 1982, oil on canvas, 132 x 208 cm. The exhibition was to be opened by Mel Gooding, who had opened another Aubrey Williams exhibition at the October Gallery several years previously. (Aubrey Williams: Dreams and Visions, 20 May - 19 June 2004)

Aubrey Williams: Now and Coming Time coincided with Aubrey Williams: Atlantic Fire, shown at Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 15 January - 11 April 2010. The catalogue for Aubrey Williams: Atlantic Fire contained a checklist of Aubrey Williams: Now and Coming Time complete with small reproductions of the exhibition’s fourteen paintings.

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Aubrey Williams: Dreams and Visions - October Gallery 2004

Solo show at The October Gallery. 2004
Date: 20 May, 2004 until 19 June, 2004
Organiser: October Gallery

For years before his death, London’s October Gallery emerged as a committed advocate for Aubrey Williams’ work. This advocacy and commitment has continued in the decades following the Guyana-born artist’s death in 1990. Typical in this regard was the exhibition Aubrey Williams: Dreams and Visions, held at October Gallery 20 May  - 19 June 2004.

The exhibition’s invitation card for the Private View of Wednesday 19 May 2004, featured Untitled, 1970, gouache on paper, 137.5 x 50.5 cm. The exhibition was to be opened by Mel Gooding.

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Aubrey Williams: Dreams and Visions - October Gallery 2004 card

Announcement relating to an exhibition, 2004
Published by: October Gallery
Year published: 2004
Unpaginated.

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For years before his death, London’s October Gallery emerged as a committed advocate for Aubrey Williams’ work. This advocacy and commitment has continued in the decades following the Guyana-born artist’s death in 1990. Typical in this regard was the exhibition Aubrey Williams: Dreams and Visions, held at October Gallery 20 May  - 19 June 2004.

The exhibition’s invitation card for the Private View of Wednesday 19 May 2004, featured Untitled, 1970, gouache on paper, 137.5 x 50.5 cm. The exhibition was to be opened by Mel Gooding.

The card announced that Imruh Caesar’s film on Williams, The Mark of the Hand, was to be shown during the evening of the Private View.

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Aubrey Williams: Selected Works, October Gallery 1998 press release

Press release relating to an exhibition, 1998
Published by: October Gallery
Year published: 1998
Unpaginated.

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For years before his death, London’s October Gallery emerged as a committed advocate for Aubrey Williams’ work. This advocacy and commitment has continued in the decades following the Guyana-born artist’s death in 1990. Typical in this regard was the exhibition Aubrey Williams: Selected Works, held at October Gallery 25 June - 1 August 1998. This was the press release for the exhibition.

“The October Gallery will present an exhibition of selected works by Aubrey Williams to coincide with the first comprehensive retrospective of his work in this country to be held at the Whitechapel Art Gallery (12 June - 16 August 1998) The October Gallery has championed Williams’ work for over a decade first exhibiting  his Olmec-Maya series in 1984 and more recently in 1995, for the first time in the UK, showing the Cosmos Series. This summer exhibition will be Williams’ fifth show at the October Gallery.”

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Aubrey Williams: Major Works, October Gallery 2006 press release

Press release relating to an exhibition, 2006
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Year published: 2006
Unpaginated.

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Extract from this press release, as follows’ “Williams’ paintings have always resisted clasification, evolving through many distinct phases over the course of his career. From immaculately accomplished depictions of the birds of Guyana, to explosive, vibrant abstracts, Williams drew influence from abstract expressionism, from Olmec, Maya, and Warrau imagery, from science fiction, from the symphonies and quartets of Russioan composer Shostakovich, and from artists like Jackson Pollock, Arshile Gorky, Diego Rivera, Yves Klien and Rufino Tamayo. This exhibition draws together an exclusive selection of canvases from the mid 50s to the late 80s, representing highlights from every stage in the remarkable career of this much-loved artist.”

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Aubrey Williams October Gallery 2002 - press release

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Year published: 2002
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For years before his death, London’s October Gallery emerged as a committed advocate for Aubrey Williams’ work. This advocacy and commitment has continued in the decades following the Guyana-born artist’s death in 1990. Typical in this regard was this exhibition of Williams’ work, held at October Gallery 5 September - 5 October 2002.

This press release for the exhibition featured a small colour reproduction of Carib Ritual IV, acrylic on canvas, 104.5 x 119 cm. From the text, “The October Gallery has selected from the rich legacy of Williams’ works, an exhibition of rarely-seen works both on paper and canvas, dating mainly from the late Sixties, but with some surprising later works included as well. This special selection of Williams’ work is intended to provide fresh insight into the work of one of the last century’s great artistic spirits.”

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Aubrey Williams: Dreams and Visions - October Gallery 2004 press release

Press release relating to a conference, 2004
Published by: October Gallery
Year published: 2004
Unpaginated.

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For years before his death, London’s October Gallery emerged as a committed advocate for Aubrey Williams’ work. This advocacy and commitment has continued in the decades following the Guyana-born artist’s death in 1990. Typical in this regard was the exhibition Aubrey Williams: Dreams and Visions, held at October Gallery 20 May  - 19 June 2004. This press release included a quote from longtime Williams admirer, Guy Brett - “Williams’ paintings cover a wide emotional range, from almost cataclysmic violence to a feeling of gentleness and peace…”

The press release featured a colour reproduction of Untitled, gouache on paper, c. 1970. From the press release, “Alongside several major canvases from Williams’ later period will be a selection of works on paper dating from the 60s to the late 80s. These brightly coloured works in oil  and gouache give ample evidence of the development of the intensely and richly symbolic language that Williams was constantly seeking to refine. The mature oils take on added depths when juxtaposed with these striking manifestations of Williams’ intensely creative dialogue of colour and form.”

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Aubrey Williams The Cosmos Series press release

Press release relating to an exhibition, 1996
Published by: October Gallery
Year published: 1996
Unpaginated.

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For years before his death, London’s October Gallery emerged as a committed advocate for Aubrey Williams’ work. This advocacy and commitment has continued in the decades following the Guyana-born artist’s death in 1990. Typical in this regard was the exhibition of Williams’ “Cosmos” series, held at October Gallery 14 December 1995 - 27 January 1996. This press release for the exhibition included a quote from Denis Bowen. “Acclaimed in his native Guyana, and with many exhibitions in Europe, the Americas and Japan to his credit, , (sic) Aubrey Williams joins the poets and writers from his country whose work has become part of the British cultural landscape. He is an artist who bridges race, cultures and religions.” Denis Bowen, London, 1989.

From the press release, “Born in Guyana in 1929, Williams became as deeply impressed by the customs of Warrau Indians as by the symphonies of Shostakovich, as enthusuiastic of the natural beauty of exotic birds as of the sophisticated power of colour to evoke sound, or sound colour. In his work he has addressed the questions that many of the great artists of our century have asked: how to absorb the past in the present; how to invoke through the abstract power of art a visual experience of reality.”

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Aubrey Williams: Now and Coming Time, October Gallery 2010 flyer

Announcement relating to a conference, 2010
Published by: October Gallery
Year published: 2010
Unpaginated.

image of Aubrey Williams: Now and Coming Time, October Gallery 2010 flyer

For years before his death, London’s October Gallery emerged as a committed advocate for Aubrey Williams’ work. This advocacy and commitment has continued in the decades following the Guyana-born artist’s death in 1990. Typical in this regard was the exhibition Aubrey Williams: Now and Coming Time, held at October Gallery 4 February - 3 April 2010. The exhibition was presented in conjunction with Aubrey Williams: Atlantic Fire, at Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 15 January - 11 April 2010.

This small flyer for the October Gallery exhibition opened with, “The New Year of 2010 ushers in two major exhibitions (in two different cities) of work by one extraordinary international artist, Aubrey Williams.”

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Aubrey Williams: Dreams and Visions - October Gallery 2004 flyer

Announcement relating to an exhibition, 2004
Published by: October Gallery
Year published: 2004
Unpaginated.

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For years before his death, London’s October Gallery emerged as a committed advocate for Aubrey Williams’ work. This advocacy and commitment has continued in the decades following the Guyana-born artist’s death in 1990. Typical in this regard was the exhibition Aubrey Williams: Dreams and Visions, held at October Gallery 20 May  - 19 June 2004. 

This flyer featured a quote from longtime Williams admirer, Guy Brett - “Williams’ paintings cover a wide emotional range, from almost cataclysmic violence to a feeling of gentleness and peace…”

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Aubrey Williams The Cosmos Series flyer

Announcement relating to an exhibition, 1996
Published by: October Gallery
Year published: 1996
Unpaginated.

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For years before his death, London’s October Gallery emerged as a committed advocate for Aubrey Williams’ work. This advocacy and commitment has continued in the decades following the Guyana-born artist’s death in 1990. Typical in this regard was the exhibition of Williams’ “Cosmos” series, held at October Gallery 14 December 1995 - 27 January 1996. This flyer brought attention to the Afternoon Seminar that coincided with the exhibition and in collaboration with inIVA.

The flyer also publicised a performance by Caribbean flautist, Keith Waithe and the Macusi Players, as part of the exhibition’s supporting events.

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Avinash Chandra - October Gallery

Solo show at The October Gallery. 1981
Date: 7 May, 1981 until 6 June, 1981
Organiser: October Gallery

Solo exhibition of work by Avinash Chandra, held at the October Gallery, London, May 7 - June 5, 1981. The exhibition came with a modest, but nevertheless very important folded brochure with insert. The brochure’s text was written by Balraj Khanna. No exhibition checklist is included, though the brochure’s biographical sections include Commissions, Public & Corporate Collections, and an extensive list of Chandra’s works in private collections. Owners of his work on the list included Honorable Indira Ghandi, the Earl of Harewood, and Mr and Mrs Keith Moon.

From Balraj Khanna’s text: “…But he tired of the Delhi art world where the goals of art were limited, where the art was of classical reserve which stifled innovation. In 1956 he came to London, the most convenient port of entry into the West, and went to lve in Golders Green.

He worked hard and exhibited extensively, both with enormous success. In a newspaper article in 1962, W.G. Archer wrote, “In Britain he felt a gradual sense of liberation. He sloughed his former cautious style. He absorbed modern Western art and in 1958 began to paint instinctively, trusting like Klee, Kandinsky and his predecessor, Tagore, to ‘what was freely given.’

“As he drew and painted, shapes sprang up like fountains, mingled together like rushing streams, thrust upwards like plants or mushrooms and almost exploded into life. This explosive element reminds us of Surrealism and of Andre Breton’s dictum - ‘beauty must be convulsive.’ And in these gay upsurgings of visual thought, Chandra employed a wealth of sensuous images and symbols.””

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Born, 1931 in Simla, India. Died, 1991

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Avinash Chandra - October Gallery - 1981

Brochure relating to an exhibition, 1981
Published by: October Gallery
Year published: 1981
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A4 sized brochure (with cover slightly narrower), to accompany a solo exhibition of work by Avinash Chandra, held at the October Gallery, London, May 7 - June 5, 1981. The brochure’s text was written by Balraj Khanna. No exhibition checklist is included, though the brochure’s biographical sections include Commissions, Public & Corporate Collections, and an extensive list of Chandra’s works in private collections. Owners of his work on the list included Honorable Indira Ghandi, the Earl of Harewood, and Mr and Mrs Keith Moon.

From Balraj Khanna’s text: “…But he tired of the Delhi art world where the goals of art were limited, where the art was of classical reserve which stifled innovation. In 1956 he came to London, the most convenient port of entry into the West, and went to lve in Golders Green.

He worked hard and exhibited extensively, both with enormous success. In a newspaper article in 1962, W.G. Archer wrote, “In Britain he felt a gradual sense of liberation. He sloughed his former cautious style. He absorbed modern Western art and in 1958 began to paint instinctively, trusting like Klee, Kandinsky and his predecessor, Tagore, to ‘what was freely given.’

“As he drew and painted, shapes sprang up like fountains, mingled together like rushing streams, thrust upwards like plants or mushrooms and almost exploded into life. This explosive element reminds us of Surrealism and of Andre Breton’s dictum - ‘beauty must be convulsive.’ And in these gay upsurgings of visual thought, Chandra employed a wealth of sensuous images and symbols.””

The A4 insert featured, on one side, a colour reproduction of ‘Bronze Two’, ink and water colours, 53.4 x 53.4 cm. The other side of the insert contained a CV, including One-Man Shows, Group Shows, and further references to Chandra’s work in Public Collections.

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Born, 1931 in Simla, India. Died, 1991

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Born, 1938 - 1942 (probably 1940) in Punjab, India

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»  The October Gallery

London, United Kingdom