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British Painting is back

For young artists, "painterly" language is back in fashion.

By David Killen  
Shaun McDowell, Untitled, 2009

Shaun McDowell, Untitled, 2009

Painting seems to be back in fashion. Not the cool, flat canvases left behind as a backdrop for posh dining while the artistic mainstream went elsewhere. This is painting with a capital “P,” splattered and caked into existence by artists who paint as if their life depended on it. Painters in their twenties and thirties, making visceral, mature, compelling work – and getting recognised for it. Established galleries are interested. There’s a real buzz in the air.

Back in 2009 there…

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