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Artist information

Name Mario Dubsky (1939-1985)

Born London, England

Died London, England

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Mario Dubsky was born in London to Viennese Jewish parents who had converted to Christianity. He entered the Slade School of Fine Art at the age of 17 and his style was much influenced by former Slade student David Bomberg (some of whose work he bought from Bomberg's widow, Lilian, and which he kept for the rest of his his life). He was also influenced by tutors Robert Medley and Keith Vaughan, the latter befriending him. Dubsky was included in the New Generation exhibitions at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1966 and 1968. With the aid of a Harkness Fellowship, he lived in New York from 1969-71, where together with John Button he co-created a paint and collage mural at the then-headquarters of the Gay Activists Alliance (later destroyed). In the late 1960s, Dubsky’s work became more abstract and colourful, although he returned to figuration in the 1970s. His last solo exhibition X Factor at South London Gallery in 1983 included Cabaret Valhalla (Tate). Shortly before his death in 1981, Dubsky won the Tolly Cobbold Drawing Prize.

Object Details

Object type collage

Accession number 2006-17

Display status not on display

When Dubsky’s work was included in ‘The New Generation’ exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1966, Robert Hughes placed him within the painterly tradition of Matisse and de Stael, where the paint is 'built up until it's as rich as earth or the skin of a fruit'. Dubsky's work of the late 1960s was concerned with marrying figurative and abstract forms, uniting them with strong colour and rhythm.

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