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Notes on Euan Uglow

Chris Bennett recalls his studies with Euan Uglow.

Bennet writes: “[Uglow] was not interested in ‘painting something out of the corner of the eye’ but wanted to ‘attack’ it head on. Everything was to be looked at directly and ‘in focus’; he wasn’t interested in painting the sensation of a glance for example. He would look at something and ask himself ‘How can I make something out of that?’ The emphasis here is on ‘make’; an optical experience needed to be ‘nailed down’. ‘I can easily splodge something down in an hour or two. But such paintings do not interest me,’ he said. He used to laugh about Delacroix’s admonition to be able to draw a man falling from a building before he hits the ground.”

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