Swiss Cultural Fund UK

Swiss Cultural Fund UK

Francis Baudevin_New work

A new commission by Swiss artist Francis Baudevin was featured in the international group show The Indiscipline of Painting at the Warwick Arts Centre in Coventry. Works by 49 artists from the 1960s to the present day were selected by British painter Daniel Sturgis, focusing on how abstraction has remained a site of urgent, relevant and critical enquiry for generations of artists over the past 50 years and future generations of artists to come. For about 15 years Francis Baudevin has been making paintings that faithfully replicate abstract geometric motifs culled from industrial packaging. After all the text has been removed, these patterns are blown up on to canvases and walls. The commissioned mural at the Warwick Arts Centre, in striking blue and yellow, grabbed the viewers’ attention immediately and was, alongside masterpieces by Warhol and Riley, one of the centrepieces of the exhibition. This was an incredibly rare opportunity to see paintings by historical and contemporary figures from many countries, alongside important works by pioneers of abstract painting and their stylistic heirs. The Indiscipline of Painting was a collaborative project between Mead Gallery and Tate St Ives, where it opened in October 2011.