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David Saunders (b.1936)
Colour Symmetry 501 1,2,3 &4
Acrylic on canvas
Provenance : Conoco Phillips Collection
David Saunders is best known for his involvment in the 'Colour Systems' movementt along with Jeffrey Steel and Malcolm Hughes in the late 1960's. Culminating a a colour Systems show at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1972. The artists in the Systems Group shared an interest in logical and mathematical processes, a sharing of information, the unity of ethics and aesthetics and logic and the rejection of individualistic expressionism. In 1972 an important exhibition entitled “Systems” opened at the Whitechapel Gallery in London and toured public venues in the UK.
Saunders was a leading thinker within the group. His own work is distinguished by a belief that we no longer see art as isolated discrete objects, but as a field of overlapping and connected cyclic processes, as forms oscillating between the determinate and the indeterminate, and between the abstract and the real. He insists that complex mental activity can be generated by a collection of signs even if the observer is totally unaware of the ‘code’ according to which they have been assembled. The ‘code’ should however, remain rational and decipherable.
Tate Britain held an exhibition including Saunders work in 2016-2017 'Systems 1972'
See David Saunders website - www.davidsaunders.info
Tate Gallery, London
Southampton City Art Gallery
Arts Council of England
Arts Council of Wales
The British Library, London
Dean Clough Collection, Halifax
Forum Konkrete Kunst, Erfurt
Gemeente Museum, The Hague
Logica PLC, London
Rijksmuseum Meermano, The Hague
Stamford University, USA
University of Sussex
Victoria and Albert Museum, London