– Jeff Nuttall: ‘Bomb Culture’, 1970 (1968), p19 / V. E. Day 08.05.2020
Performance artist, poet, novelist, jazz musician, teacher, theorist, painter and sculptor, Jeff Nuttall is the only all-round genius most of us are likely to meet in our lifetime. And let the sceptic beware: this is no exaggeration. His talents usually control at the limits of human exuberance. His skills are both highly local and deeply embedded in European twentieth-century arts. In a culture exemplified by tepidly isolated skills, greed, pop repetitions and art trivia, Jeff Nuttall’s work is bracing and joyful, celebrating another world of values, ones that last.
– Eric Mottram: ‘Calderdale Landscapes’ exhibition, Angela Flowers Gallery, London, 1987
ESCALATION | The aristocracy is always dying. The top of the social tree is always falling away in twigs and powders and leaf-skeins.
– Jeff Nuttall & Rodick Carmichael: ‘Common Factors/Vulgar Factions’, 1977
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(3) See sketchbook in the coll. Miss Joan Ivimy, or repro, in “The Samuel Palmer Valley of Vision” by Geoffrey Grigson, Phoenix, 1960.
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Front inside cover of a sketch-book of 77 sketches bound originally in sheep, inscribed with the artist’s name and address. c.1824 | ©Trustees of the British Museum.
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(1) See “A RUSTIC SCENE” by Samuel Palmer, 1825. Coll. Ashmolean Museum.
(2) See “OAKS ON HAMPSTEAD HEATH” by Samuel Palmer.
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(5) See “BEING BEAUTEOUS” by Peter Redgrove in “The Penguin Book of Sick Verse” ed. Geo. Mac-Beth.
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(6) See “THE SPIDER” by Harry Fainlight in “Wholly Communion” Lorrimer Films Booklet 1965.
When tested on spiders, the drug tends to distort the symmetry of the webs they are spinning.
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(7) See cartoon strip by me in INTERNATIONAL TIMES Issues 1–8, also “THE CASE of ISABEL and the BLEEDING FOETUS by me, Turret 1967.
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(8) See 6th stanza from Part One of “MALDOROR” by Lautreamont, New Directions 1965.
(9) See 13th stanza of Part Two from “MALDOROR.”
“One should let one’s fingernails grow for fifteen days.” – Lautreamont
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(10) “If I were tickled by the hatching hair . . The itch of man upon the baby’s thigh I would not fear the gallows nor the axe . . “ from p.12 “COLLECTED POEMS” by Dylan Thomas, Dent 1952.
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(4) See Fuseli’s drawings of courtesans made between 1805 and 1808.
Henry FUSELI (1741-1825) Switzerland, England, Two Courtesans with Fantastic Hairstyles and Hats c1790-92, pen with brown, pink and grey wash, Auckland Art Gallery Tou o Tamaki, purchased 1965.
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(11) See “THE SICK ROSE” by Wm. Blake.
(12) See drawing in the Tate Gallery Collection.
Plate number 39 ‘The Sick Rose’ from ‘The Songs of Innocence and of Experience’ composed sometime between 1789 and 1794. Hand-coloured print, issued c.1826.
After the Albert Hall event I wrote to Klaus Lea crying: “London is in flames. The spirit of William Blake walks on the water of the Thames, sigma has exploded into a giant rose. Come and drink the dew.”
– Jeff Nuttall: ‘Bomb Culture’, 1968
(13) See plate in Gilchrist’s biography of Blake.
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(14) Compare “TEMPTATION OF ST. ANTHONY” by each of these artists.
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(15) See pages 8 10 and 12 in “POEMS I WANT TO FORGET” by me, Turret Press 1965.
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(16) See “STANDING FORM” by Graham Sutherland, Arts Council Collection.
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(17) See interview with John Russell in the SUNDAY TIMES colour magazine and in CAMBRIDGE OPINION No. 37.
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(18) Romanesque Church, heavily decorated, between Hereford and Abergavenny.
“My intended detachment was completely destroyed. The building refused to be seen as an arrangement in stone, as the key to a time and a tradition, or as a piece in the jig-saw puzzle of art history. It stood unavoidably as a work of art, the timeless expression of a vision experienced under that same sun which now winked at me through the deep yew tree.”
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(19) See “THE NEW BOOK / A BOOK OF TORTURE” by Michael McGlure Grove Press.
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(20) Patricidal manic paint. English early 19th C. Both pictures in Tate Gallery.
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(21) John Clare, “mad” English poet of the 19th C., spent much of his time in Northampton Lunatic Asylum. Drawing of him by a fellow patient is in the possession of Northampton Public Library.
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(22) Louis Wain, popular Edwardian illustrator of children’s books whose drawings underwent a notable transformation during his periods of schizophrenia. Sequences of his drawings have been reproduced frequently recently in Observer colour magazine and IT amongst other places.
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(23) Aleyse, one of the mental patients whose painting is reproduced and discussed in “THOUGH THIS BE MADNESS”: Thames and Hudson 1961.
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(25) See “CENTURIES OF MEDITATIONS” by Thomas Traherne.
Thomas Traherne, CCEL, 1960 – Devotional literature – 228 pages
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