Moon Pull Pale Blue 1958
oil on board
123 x 152cm
signed and dated (lower right), titled (to reverse)
The estate of the artist
The Arts Council of Great Britain, London, Northern Artists, catalogue no. 35.
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Kay won a scholarship to study in Paris in 1954 where he met and mixed with many of the famous artists of the Paris school. On returning Kay worked for London picture framers, Robert Savage, and in 1955 he exhibited at the Archer Gallery in London & the Gallerie La Hune in Paris - his work also featuring in the Daily Express Young Artists Exhibition.
During his early years in London in the 1950s, he focused on large abstract expressionist paintings. Friends with Robyn Denny and Richard Smith - they used to send each other hand painted Christmas cards - this work from 1958 has many parallels to their work from that year as they graduated from the Royal College of Art. It was a short golden period for British abstract expressionist painting that would soon end as the Sixties beckoned. Kay would exhibit at the Obelisk Gallery, followed by Roland, Browse & Delbanco, who would go on to represent him for some years.