Paul Huxley at the RA this Autumn

Paul Huxley at the RA this Autumn

We are happy to announce that Paul Huxley’s limited edition print will be on show in the Keeper’s House at the Royal Academy from 11th September until the end of December. Commissioned by Bridgeman Editions, 10% of profits from the print will be donated to the RA Schools, where Huxley was both a student and teacher.

 Mutatis Mutandis VII, 1999 (acrylic (Liquitex and Golden) on linen), Huxley, Paul (b.1938) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Huxley started out at Harrow School of Art before being admitted to the Royal Academy schools at age 17. In 1964, he won the Peter Stuyvesant Travel Award which saw him travel to America, where he met several leading artists such as Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner and Jasper Johns.

Wall Drawing 4: Where do we come from? Where are we going?, 2015 (acrylic and emulsion), Huxley, Paul (b.1938) / Bridgeman Images

Reflecting on his time in America in an interview with Bridgeman, Huxley said ‘I met a lot of the artists who were part of the New York School, all of them much older than me, but they were enormously kind and welcoming in spite of my youth and obscurity’.

 Untitled no.50, 1965 (acrylic (Liquitex) on cotton duck), Huxley, Paul (b.1938) / Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia / Bridgeman Images

Huxley became well-known for his large, bold abstract paintings which stretch and distort colours and shapes. He was appointed Professor of Painting at the Royal College of Art in 1986, where he taught several artists who went on to be incredibly successful, including Dinos Chapman, Nigel Cook, Dexter Dalwood, Andrew Grassie, Tracey Emin, Chantal Joffe and Chris Ofili.

Beta, 2015 (painted stainless steel), Huxley, Paul (b.1938) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

After leaving his teaching position at the RCA in 1998, he was elected Honorary Fellow and Professor Emeritus. Since then, he has continued both teaching and making art to critical acclaim, and his new print at the RA this Autumn is one not to be missed.

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