Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Searle in Colour

Searle made his name of course with his inky, scratchy black and white drawings but from his early career he demonstrated a unique command of colour too.  The palettes he used were often unusual but very striking.

'A Trip to the Seaside' for Lilliput Magazine 1947

'Festival of Britain' for Punch magazine 1951
Searle mastered these intricate tableau colour spreads. It's a joy to scrutinize the details of these pictures.

Fortune magazine 1956

Fortune magazine 1961

The 'red sky  at night' of the Punch cover above contrasts beautifully with the almost turquoise grass.
It may have inspired the colour palette of the next piece but it was actually published the year after so unlikely.  Compare this seaside image with the Lilliput piece a decade earlier-Searle's stylistic range is remarkable.
Punch 14th August 1957

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