Robert O'Rorke (1945-)
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ROBERT O'RORKE (B.1945) Sweet Dreams signed and inscribed 'O'RORKE ROBERT A./''SWEET DREAMS''' (on a label attached to the reverse) oil, gouache and collage on two boards 27 1/2 x 16 1/2 in. (69.5 x 41.7 cm.) Provenance: Private collection, UK. Upon graduating the Royal College of Art in 1969, O’Rorke rented a large studio in St Katherine’s Docks, a huge warehouse near the Tower of London, which Bridget Riley had taken over on short lease. It was the first artist-run studio in London providing spaces for over hundred artists. ‘After about eighteen months we had to move and some of us went to an old school in Hackney but it was a long way from where I was living and I subsequently found a large warehouse space in Chelsea which was much nearer my house. I spent three years working there and continued with the large abstract paintings but also did a lot of smaller collages, one of which was Sweet Dreams which I painted in about 1972. At the time I was still interested in exploring the contrast between figurative imagery and paint used just as paint and the transition between these two conventions.’ We are grateful to the artist for the assistance in cataloguing this lot.
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ROBERT O'RORKE (B.1945) Untitled III signed 'O'RORKE' (on the stretcher) oil on canvas 53 3/4 x 53 3/4 in. (136.7 x 136.7 cm.) Provenance: Private collection, UK. ‘As a student my paintings had used multiple images and different visual conventions exploring the whole range of what paint can communicate. But I found this disparate imagery tended to dictate the forms and colours, so I decided to remove any figurative references and concentrate on trying to make completely abstract paintings. In the early seventies a number of artists calling themselves Post-painterly abstractionists or colour field painters emerged like John Hoyland, John Golding and Jules Olitski, and for a while the influence of their work fed into mine. It was in this context that I painted Untitled III in about 1971.’ We are grateful to the artist for the assistance in cataloguing this lot.