Make it New: Modern British Art

18 October - 10 November 2023

Over the years Osborne Samuel Gallery has become well known for a series of ambitious exhibitions of Modern British art with accompanying publications. The experience of Peter Osborne, Gordon Samuel and myself in this area was further reinforced when Matthew Bradbury joined the gallery in 2022.

Over many years these exhibitions have included highly specialised topics such as: Nine Abstract Artists – Revisited (2005), originally written and curated by Lawrence Alloway in 1955; Constructive Art in Post War Britain (2007), Aspects of Modern British Sculpture (2017), a homage to the pivotal 1952 exhibition at the Venice Biennale which brought international acclaim to so many British artists, up to our 2022 exhibition entitled Diamond Lil – the Woman Behind the Post War British Art Boom,
which championed the vital contribution of one curator, Lilian Somerville.

These specialised exhibitions have stood alongside comprehensive exhibitions of artists such as Henry Moore, Lynn Chadwick, John Craxton and Keith Vaughan, and a series of exhibitions simply entitled Modern British Art, covering the exceptional diversity of post war British art.

Make It New builds on previous exhibitions, looking anew at the progressive and innovative approach to materials and processes in post war British Art. It is not a uniform linear progression of one school but a kaleidoscope of ideas, materials and methods, where texture, colour, shape and form evolve in ever demanding, unique and surprising ways.

Screen Form (Vertical)

Robert Adams: Screen Form (Vertical), 1960

Vertical Movement No 2

Robert Adams: Vertical Movement No 2, 1960


Robert Adams: Maquette, 1962

Two Seated Figures (small version B with crossed arms)

Kenneth Armitage: Two Seated Figures (small version B with crossed arms), 1957

Head of JYM III

Frank Auerbach: Head of JYM III, 1980

Figure in Space

Reg Butler: Figure in Space, 1956

Dancing Figures (Two Dancing Figures)

Lynn Chadwick: Dancing Figures (Two Dancing Figures), 1956


Lynn Chadwick: Mobile, 1951

Short Horn

Lynn Chadwick: Short Horn, 1954

Third Maquette for Teddy Boy and Girl II

Lynn Chadwick: Third Maquette for Teddy Boy and Girl II, 1956

Two Watchers IV

Lynn Chadwick: Two Watchers IV, 1959

Two Winged Figures II

Lynn Chadwick: Two Winged Figures II, 1976

Oblique I

Prunella Clough: Oblique I, 1978

Oval Theme I

Adrian Heath: Oval Theme I, 1956

Oval Motif

Adrian Heath: Oval Motif, 1958


Denis Mitchell: Roseveor, 1985

Family Group

Henry Moore: Family Group, 1945


Henry Moore: Helmet, 1950

Reclining Nude: Crossed Feet

Henry Moore: Reclining Nude: Crossed Feet, 1980

Reclining Girl

Henry Moore: Reclining Girl, 1983

Reclining Figures

Henry Moore: Reclining Figures, 1943

Reclining Woman No. 2

Henry Moore: Reclining Woman No. 2, 1980

Rocking Chairs

Henry Moore: Rocking Chairs, 1948

Maquette for Strapwork Head

Henry Moore: Maquette for Strapwork Head, 1950

Women Winding Wool

Henry Moore: Women Winding Wool, c.1948

June 1959

Ben Nicholson: June 1959, 1959

Rising and Falling Curve with Turquoise, Cerise, Olive and Black

Bridget Riley: Rising and Falling Curve with Turquoise, Cerise, Olive and Black, 1974

(Abstract Painting)

William Scott: (Abstract Painting), 1959

Aerial Disturbance

John Tunnard: Aerial Disturbance, 1946


John Tunnard: Threat, 1946

Blade Venus 1

William Turnbull: Blade Venus 1, 1989

Copse by Mortimers II

Keith Vaughan: Copse by Mortimers II, 1971-2


Keith Vaughan: Landscape, 1960

Constructed Relief

John Wells: Constructed Relief, 1963