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There are several works by the artist Anthony Whishaw on loan to the British Psychoanalytical Society.

LANDSCAPE II 118 x 305 cms 1989-90


From ‘Art and the Sacred’, by Sister Wendy Beckett.

Anthony Whishaw aligns himself with the Romantic artists, at least in the sense that the Romantics want to take on board something greater than themselves, almost more than they can manage. It’s a way of trying… to create something that uncovers unexpected feelings and emotions.’ Whishaw is profoundly committed to the ‘uncovering’ of the ‘unexpected’. Although his work is based on figurative perceptions, it is more the anticipation of reality that interests them. He speaks of the image being at its most powerful shortly before it is perceived.’ Before we pin labels to things, locking them away in certainties of recognition, we have a rare opportunity to ‘see’ them in their truth. This is the area in which Whishaw is active, catching the wonder of the world before it is obliterated by familiarity. . .

Landscape II has a radiant inner glow, all ochre and pale fire. We see the world as infinitely large, glowing and sunbaked in all directions. In this uncharted dessert, the small village, un-named, clustered compactly for protection, displays a brave insistence on regulation. Its roofs and patios, its vertical thicknesses of wall, its patterned sedateness of roofing and flooring, all react against the encompassing heat of the Spanish plateau lands. Along the left there runs a pattern of non-objective slats, like Venetian blinds, (an image that has a special significance for Whishaw), making it clear to us that this is not a realistic ‘landscape’, but the idea of one, the interior reality of the land and its humble inhabitants. Whishaw has remarked that ‘the fact that humans have passed through a landscape means that they have inevitably left their mark’. Literally, there may no longer be a village here. Spiritually the village is there forever. For all its rich beauty, Whishaw’s is a sad painting, conscious of human passage, of the shortness of life, of the need to cherish, to individualize, as he does with such reverent care.

LANDSCAPE WITH STARTLED BIRDS 243 x 165 cms 1986-1999

This is one of a series of 4 works which depict startled birds whose fluttering panic
disrupts the portrayal of the surrounding landscape.
The low horizon in this painting is intended to convey a sense of vertigo

- Anthony Whishaw

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OPENING 61 x 86cms 1997-9