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About the Work

After labouring on Wimpey Tree for more months than I can remember, I became attracted to a new style called 'minimalism'. It seemed to embody the opposite of what I had been doing. I thought it was worth a go. The opportunity arrived unexpectedly. During my third year as a student at Wolverhampton, I was told to go and do painting. More students were needed there to help the college gain accreditation in painting. The college had tried before but had been turned down. I asked the head of fine art, Charles Pulsford, (a memorable teacher), what he wanted me to do in painting. 'Oh.carte blanche, carte blanche.' he replied. So for the next four weeks I made white boards -- one a week. I made each one beautifully. In the fifth week I began a continuous line drawing on one of the boards. Suddenly I was told that I could now return to sculpture. Apparently, as I had been doodling, the college had yet again been turned down for painting. Eventually they gained it, and have since turned out some excellent painters.

″I still use the same approach to my work: I get an idea, think of the title and then make the work. So not much has changed since 1964″

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