I know this news is a month old, but I just found out (on the artsjournal.com website) that the poetic UK painter Albert Herbert passed away at the age of 82 last month.
Here’s a note from a Guardian report on the painter..
“Albert was a maverick, liked but seldom taken seriously by art establishments. He stopped showing at the Royal Academy when his paintings were contemptuously “skied” (hung high on the wall). His gallery, and champion for the last 20 years, was England & Co, in Notting Hill, but his subject matter was looked upon with suspicion by those holding the public art purse-strings, and there is no Albert Herbert in the Tate.”
Clive James also wrote a piece on Albert Herbert..
“Still comparatively unsung among the British modern painters, the late Albert Herbert, who was born in 1925, always dealt in that trickiest of artistic qualities, enchantment. The danger of enchantment is that it can quickly cloy, but Herbert’s version of it never did. His exquisite balancing of the areas in the painting, a poise which would be convincing even if the pictures were abstracts, depends on an infallible sense of color.”
His gallery has a lot of his work online on the England and Co. website here. The artist is quoted as saying “art is not about meanings but feelings” which makes sense when you see his paintings.
Albert Herbert – Elijah Fed by a Raven in the Desert ii 1991
Albert Herbert – Tree of Life 1995
Albert Herbert – Adam and Eve 1990