The Mayor Gallery will present a selection of works by the American artist John Tweddle. The exhibition will contain twenty-five drawings from the prominent Scull Collection, to coincide with the retrospective Exile on Main St. at the Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht.
Born in Pinckneyville, Kentucky in 1938, John Tweddle had little in common with other American artists working at the time and he remained extremely individual in his views and work. Even today he continues to defy categorization and is presented as the ‘artists' artist' - he who puts heart and soul into a work that may be imperfect but which lays claim to the fundamental nature of creativity and imagination. For all our suspicions of naiveté in art, his work is utterly disarming. What holds it all together is that Tweddle really knows how to draw: his work has deliberately primitive characteristics yet maintains a look of sophistication.
His drawings are taken from the viewpoint of a shrewd child-folk artist with a hip take on American life. They range from the simple portrayal of captive goldfish, to a Crucifixion scene within a Christmas tree, continually interspersed with all the commercialism and paranoia of 1970's Americana; dollar symbols, smoke belching factories, highways leading to nowhere, and skylines blotted with war planes and pylons. Over all, there's a tone of apocalypse to Tweddle's drawings, which comment on nuclear threat, passages from the Bible and America's increasing industrialism.
Recognised as one of that generations most distinctive artists, Tweddle was included in "Movers: New Artists" Museum of Modern Art, New York (1973) and "Recent Acquisitions" Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1983). His work is also in the permanent collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the private collections of Robert Scull and the Andy Warhol Estate.