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Tony Urquhart: The Boxes

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First Boxes

Inspired by the three-dimensional quality of the Italian Primitive painters, Tony Urquhart noticed that by 1963 his "paintings began to change shape". The first boxes he made were of simple folded paper with painted landscape elements on each of the multiple two-dimensional panels.


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European Tour

In 1967, Tony toured Europe and Ireland, seeing some of the fabulous altarpieces and reliquaries of which he is so fond. Returning home, he began to cut his boxes open and place things inside, fascinated by the ability of these "painted objects" to change shape, colour, and texture. As his technical skills as a sculptor evolved, he worked with white glue, rags, chicken wire and polyfilla, earning a reputation as the "master of polyfilla boxes".

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