Michael Bolus

2nd Sculpture

2nd Sculpture

  • Colour: Varied
  • Material: Painted aluminium
  • Size: 9 x 1220mm x 2440mm x 20mm
  • Year:1969
  • Collection: NGA Washington, 1977.65.1.

The Aluminium that makes up these sculptures was produced for Jules Olitski while he was in St Neots Cambridge at the Aeromet factory making Sculpture in 1968. When he finished working and returned to the USA, he donated his remaining stock to Michael Bolus and fellow Artists working at the Kingsgate Road Studios in West Hampstead. Bolus originally conceived this work, together with 1st Sculpture 1969 and 1st Sculpture 1970, as one piece of 21 planes. However it was broken up into 3 pieces that were eventually aquired by the Tate gallery and National Gallery Washington. The Planes are painted a different colour on each side. Further stock of Olitski's Aluminium was also used to produce the Sculpture Bolus showed at Battersea park in 1977 as part of the Silver Jubilee exhibition of British Sculpture. An example of the use Jules Olitski was putting the Aluminium to can be seen here: HERE And here: HERE

Olitski himself wrote an account of his working practice at St Neots HERE