Michael Crowther's early work focussed on the production of big, bold abstract paintings, later changing scale to work on small, intricate still lifes. Despite the change in style, Crowther's body of works demonstrates an exploration of space, whether real or unreal or small or large. 'Salvo II' is part of a series of paintings and drawings created in 1981. A salvo is a sudden outburst of action, such as applause or the discharge of firearms. Although the painting is figurative, Crowther based his work on imagined or remembered experiences, not on the immediate present.
Michael Crowther studied at Leeds College of Art and then later lectured at Cardiff College of Art. He was one of the artists included in the very first British Art Show of 1979, a touring exhibition of contemporary art. Organised by the Hayward Gallery in London, the British Art Show has, since 1979, been held every five years in cities across the UK.
- Artwork Details: 244.2 x 183.8cm
- Material description: acrylic on canvas
- Credit line: © the artist
- Theme: Abstract
- Medium: Painting
- Accession number: AC 4085