Artwork of the Month: June

There’s an ‘Artwork of the Month’ on display each month at the RWA, and for June it was my turn to choose and write about a work from the Permanent Collection. Here it is: Fallen Angels, by Sonia Lawson. Go and have a look if you are in Bristol – it’s a great painting.

RWA: Behind the scenes

This month’s work from our permanent collection has been chosen by Bronwen Bradshaw RWA: 

Lawson, Sonia, b.1934; Fallen Angels Sonia Lawson, Fallen Angels, oil on canvas, 152 x 121cm

I have so many questions about this painting. What is happening here? Who are these two monumental figures? The tension between them is immense, the colours urgent and full of danger. There appears to be no subtlety in the geometrical construction of the painting: it’s slap bang in your face. Could those be the twin towers in the background? No, of course not, this is 1987. But now I’m involved; this could be a part of my own history. There’s light and dark, and a redemptive quality here, and somehow I’m left with the feeling that Fallen Angels includes me too.

This is the genius of Sonia Lawson’s work: it operates on an epic scale, and though she insists that she is not a ‘storyteller’, the…

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