Belgrave St Ives - Modern & Contemporary Art
Tom Cross - Hall's Wood

Tom Cross (1931-2009)

Hall's Wood 1959

Oil on board; 75 x 121 cms

Provenance: The Artist's Estate

Completed at the home of Christopher Hall, 244 Andover Road, Newbury. Christopher Hall was a fellow painter, lifelong friend and godfather to Tom and Pat's son, David.
Sketchbook, 1959 (Tom Cross Estate):
'4th April 1959. After 5 days work on Hall's Wood - 244, I have one day more. Started Monday drawing on rough side of hardboard improved with two coats flat white. Drawing in cobalt blue and then with yellow ochre. Monday, Tues & Wednesday now still transparent but in full colour. On Wednesday evening I decided it was necessary to use opaque paint, and for Thursday and Friday used that paint with grey base for structure. Colours - soft green, veridian clove green cobalt blue. ivory. Black. Burnt amber, burnt yellow ochre, cardamon yellow, clove yellow and lemon yellow...white.'