Marc Vaux

b. 1932

Marc Vaux was born on 29 November 1932 in Swindon and after initially being headed for a career in chemistry, he eventually moved to London to Study at the Slade School of Art from 1957 to 1960. He was awarded a travel scholarship to Italy and went onto work at the Jean Ponsa lithographic printing studio in Paris. 

His work was included in the seminal Situation exhibition of 1960 alongside Robyn Denny, William Turnbull and Bernard Cohen among others. This exhibition was a direct reaction by British abstract artists to the recent exhibitions in London of the American Abstract Expressionists in particular the Tate's 1959 exhibition The New American Painting. Vaux's work has variously been described as minimalist and constructivist although since his primary interest is in colour and light he has more in common with the American west coast artists than the New York minimalists.

In 1986, after a long teaching career he was appointed Head of Painting at Central St Martins College of Art, where he stayed until he retired in 1989 to concentrate full-time on painting.

Marc Vaux said: It [colour] is known to have a direct effect upon the central nervous system/human sensibility, arguably the most effective modifiers of human response, over sound and touch. It is dynamic - dependent on degree of colour, light, surrounding colours..."


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