Huxley’s paintings rarely have a single point of origin; many aspects are drawn from art historical references and sometimes they may derive from things seen in everyday life, but always they grow from the previous works in a continuing chain of thought process where ideas are modified through development and variation.  ‘Lu - Green', one of the series of Chinese names for colours, is unambiguous in that the main left hand element was drawn directly from the Chinese word, Lu, meaning green, seen painted on a wall in a Shanghai street.


The working process towards a completed painting usually starts with a series of pen drawings on a small sketch pad.  Through mutation and modification these drawings explore the configuration of shapes and their relative positions in the composition.  Successive drawings arranged in sequence resemble a storyboard of ideas.


The drawings lead to small paintings on paper where the full manifestation of the idea is developed in colour.  Although these stand in their own right as paintings and are often exhibited as such, they are nearly always painted as a concept for a larger work on canvas in the same way that a sculptor’s maquette is a model for the final work.

Untitled no 94,  1968

acrylic on canvas

88 x 88 ins  (224 x 224 cm)



A selection of four related working drawings

ink on paper

5¾ x 4 ins  (12 x 10 cm)

Untitled no 150,  1974

acrylic on canvas

84 x 84 ins  (213 x 213 cm)



A selection of four related working drawings

ink on paper

5¾ x 4 ins  (12 x 10 cm)

Studio,  1978

acrylic on canvas

80 x 80 ins  (203 x 203 cm)



A selection of four related working drawings

ink on paper

5¾ x 4 ins  (12 x 10 cm)

Metaphor,  1980

acrylic on canvas

84 x 84 ins  (213 x 213 cm)



A selection of four related working drawings

ink on paper

5¾ x 4 ins  (12 x 10 cm)

Alter Ego,  1982

acrylic on canvas

77 x 77 ins  (196 x 196 cm)



A selection of four related working drawings

ink on paper

5¾ x 4 ins  (12 x 10 cm)

Dual Figure,  1985

acrylic on canvas

50 x 50 ins  (127 x 127 cm)



A selection of four related working drawings

ink on paper

5¾ x 4 ins  (12 x 10 cm)

Folie á Deux,  1989

acrylic on canvas

60 x 60 ins  (152 x 152 cm)



A selection of four related working drawings

ink on paper

5¾ x 4 ins  (12 x 10 cm)

XV7,  1992

acrylic on paper

21 x 21 ins  (53 x 53 cm)



A selection of four related working drawings

ink on paper

5¾ x 4 ins  (12 x 10 cm)

Mutatis Mutandis V,  1999

acrylic on canvas

54 x 54 ins  (137 x 137 cm)



A selection of four related working drawings

ink on paper

5¾ x 4 ins  (12 x 10 cm)

Proteus III,  2001

acrylic on canvas

68 x 68 ins  (173 x 173 cm)



A selection of four related working drawings

ink on paper

5¾ x 4 ins  (12 x 10 cm)

Lu-Green,  2006

acrylic on canvas

50 x 50 ins  (127 x 127 cm)



A selection of three related working drawings

ink on paper

5¾ x 4 ins  (12 x 10 cm)

8 x 8 ins  (20 x 20 cm)

Drawings

Untitled no 30,  1963

oil on canvas

68 x 68 ins  (173 x 173 cm)



One of several related working drawings

charcoal and oil on paper

15 x 11 ins  (38 x 28 cm)