Vaux, Marc. (1 of 76). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives

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    1996-03-02 and 1996-05-04 and 1996-06-13 and 1996-12-10 and 1997-03-04 and 1998-02-24 and 1998-03-12 and 1998-10-15 and 1998-11-17 and 2000-09-13 and 2003-02-06 and 2003-02-27 and 2003-03-27 and 2003-06-26 and 2003-10-15 and 2003-11-05

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    Interviewee's studio, London, United Kingdom

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    Vaux, Marc, 1932- (male)

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    Courtney, Cathy, 1954- (female)

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    Part 1. Marc Vaux [MV] discusses Patrick Proktor’s [PP] accusation that MV was painting Kleinian pictures while at the Slade; mentions Terry Setch; mentions PP was wrong – MV more influenced by de Kooning; describes PP including an early show he had at Redfern Gallery; mentions PP influenced by Keith Vaughan; mentions the book ‘Private View’. Comments on his flat on Greencroft Gardens; mentions was in building where Katharina Wolpe, Bill Turnbull’s wife lived. MV describes his work during this time (1957, 58); MV enamoured by the Euston Road School and thus went to the Slade; mentions Roy Bisley, Nicolas de Staël, Jacques Villon, Coldstream and Sickert; discusses links between MV’s work and Coldstream’s. MV describes his interview for the Slade and the work he showed then – a painting inspired by a Bonnard table-top; comments on influence of Bonnard on him, colours and paints used at this time. MV discusses his years at the Slade; recounts trip to Paris where he saw some American artists’ work he had never seen: Roger Barr, Aleshinsky; more on his time at Slade; further comments on the Americans he met in Paris and work he saw; mentions ‘It Is’ magazine, Robert Motherwell, Graham Bevan, Terry Setch; influenced by Pollock, de Kooning, Clyfford Still, Barnett Newman and American art coming out of the 1950s; comments on shows at the American Embassy in London and the I.C.A. – shows of Ad Reinhardt, Morris Louis; remarks on American Abstract Expressionist exhibition at the Tate Gallery, 1959 – MV’s thoughts on this show. Comments on being criticised by Lawrence Alloway when MV had pieces in a Young Contemporaries exhibition; received award from Arts Council for these paintings.

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