“I am not a painter of ideas, I am a painter of direct visual experience.”
Sargy Mann (29 May 1937 – 5 April 2015) was one of the most extraordinary British artists of his generation. Both a landscape and figurative painter, his diverse works are recognisable by their bright colour scheme and focus on light. In his own words: “All my painting life I have tried to combine the fullest experience of space, with particular light and colour.”
Although deeply influenced by Cezanne and Bonnard his paintings attain a remarkable originality. He was always fascinated by the perception of light and colour – both from an artist and scientific point of view. Mann was undeterred by his failing vision and continued finding new ways of seeing, even through his final complete blindness.