About the Artwork

‘Untitled’ (1969) is a mandala-like form, which satisfyingly contains smaller shapes within itself in perfect equilibrium. Annesley found this type of structure ‘restorative…it releases endorphins and gives the eye and brain what it likes to do, namely introduce order’. These open-form, metal sculptures drew upon his own physical experience flying as an RAF pilot. They convey a sense of weightlessness and expand into and envelop the surrounding space outlined by their linear forms. In 1964, Annesley was introduced to the American Color Field painter, Kenneth Noland. This artistic friendship was significant in bridging the traditionally separate mediums of sculpture and painting, and encouraged Annesley’s exploration of colour relationships in his sculptures.

Year: 1969

Copyright the artist courtesy of Waddington Custot Photo: © Nick Turpin


Painted aluminium


223.5 x 210.2 x 61 cm

Artist Biography

David Annesley

David Annesley (b. 1936, London) completed National Service in 1958, and later that year enrolled at St Martin’s School of Art, London, to initially study painting. He later transferred to the sculpture department to study under Anthony Caro, and worked as his studio assistant. He received early recognition for his colour sculptures at The New Generation: 1965 at the Whitechapel Gallery, London. The exhibition showcased a new generation of sculptors who had been taught by Caro and defined a new approach to sculpture, placing them directly on the ground; using new materials such as fibreglass, aluminium and plastic, which were less expensive and more practical than traditional bronze; and the use of bright colours.