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'Veeke' is as jagged a painting as its spiky name suggests. From a base colour of murky green grey emerge what appear like flat knives or spears, layered on top of one another, and streaking across the canvas from right to left like a dirty neon chevron. They seem to cast softer dove-grey shadows as they pass, creating intricate, impossible perspectives. Like many of Abts' paintings, 'Veeke' appears, at first, insolent and introspective, concerned only with itself.

British Council Collection





acrylic & oil on canvas


H 48 x W 38 cm

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purchased from Greengrassi, 2005

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British Council Collection

Visual Arts, Arts Group, 10 Spring Gardens, London, Greater London SW1A 2BN England

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