Alan Uglow | the artist
The artist Alan Uglow
Born July 19 1941, Luton, England.
Died Jan 20 2011, Manhattan, USA.
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Uglow's geometrical approach is minimal but also has a highly individual twist. One major influence for his work comes from his lifelong fascination with football. It led to sculptures and photographs related to the spatial structure of the stadium, like his constructions "Sudcurve" (1993) or "Coach's Bench" (1997/98). On a few occasions this type of work has been exhibited together with a roaring soundtrack recorded in the stands of a crowded football stadium. But there are also clear links between the beautiful game and his paintings, for example in the stripes of his 1992 work "Stadium II" that evoke the white marking lines on the football field…
Alan Uglow interview
Alan Uglow doesnt neglect a single source of inspirationfrom the noise of the street to the beauty of Italian luxury carshis is a rigorous formal reflection with a subjectivity full of charm and tenderness. Alans paintings are beyond reductive commentary and thats why, with him, its always best to stay alert…
Alan Uglow review
Much has been made of Uglows obsession with football, that is, European football. The format of the Standard paintings, with their symmetrical borders and rectangular interstice, mirror the soccer fields proportions and create a ripe ambiguity between the fields in the painting and the field of play. As analogy it throws light on painting as a series of moves, and in the realm of movement it reveals the importance of whos playing the game…