Being the title of a very fine looking monograph of the work of Sargy Mann. Nowadays Sargy is completely blind and paints by an ingenious system of blu tac and memory. You can see a short clip of him on the BBC here.
He has a show of new and old work at Cadogan Contemporary in South Kensington.
Sargy is a former painting teacher of mine when I was at Camberwell. I recall him being a pretty stubborn headstrong character, and it is no surprise that blindness did not deter him from painting. For him painting is a vocation – but it has obviously forced him to change his approach. Whereas his work was completely observational before, now he relies on memories and images from inside. As an expert on the work of Bonnard and a great admirer of Corot he struggled to see anything worthwhile in the wave of…
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