If you thought that the artist Ewan Henderson might have some Scottish links, you would be right. Although he was born in Staffordshire, both his parents were Scottish and he also spent some time at the Edinburgh College of Art, although much of his career was was spent as a lecturer and tutor at the Camberwell College of Art which in 2002 named one of their Student Halls after him. You may never have heard of him, but he is considered one of the most important potters of the 20th century.
While Sotheby’s auction house is being redecorated and refurbished over the summer, its younger outpost S│2 London has combined work by Ewan Henderson with that of the Japanese artist Tsuyoshi Maekewa, born only two years after Henderson but in a different part of the world and a different artistic culture and, yet somehow the work by the two artists contrast and complement each other. Maekawa became a member of the Gutai Art Association in 1962, dissolved a decade later with most of the work on show being after then, while Maekewa’s style continued and developed.
It is interesting to compare how the work of the two artists compliment each other, although completely different, Henderson’s being rough, gritty and textured, Maekewa’s being more refined with bold geometric shapes and colours and torn/cut shapes.