I've been doing some snooping around the net and recently came across a cache of photos of Thursz and his paintings. I was even lucky enough to find a photo of the Radical Painting group of the late 70's and early 80's. Which included (L-R) Erik Saxon, Phil Sims, Merrill
Wagner, Dale Henry, Doug Sanderson, Susanna Tanger, Anders Knutsson, Marcia Hafif, Jerry Zeniuk, Frederic Matys Thursz. But missing from the photo is Joseph Marioni and Olivier Mosset . I really don't know why they were missing from the photo. Seeing as how much a part of the group they were.
There was a lot more to this group than meets the eye. They were a group of people who were looking to begin painting again. Hence the term RADICAL. With it's meanings in the word ROOT. They were looking to get to the root of painting, which is simply color and it's surface, it's objectivness. Most of them just took different means and techniques to get to where they wanted to be with their paintings.
Thr group itself was begun with Olivier Mosset and Marcia Hafif, and grew from there. Until around 1984 when the group all but disbanded.
I wanted to share this great photo I also found of Thursz' studio in Ossining New York. What height to that ceiling which allowed for so much light to reach those paintings, there was probably almost no reason to even have artificial light in the room.
Studio Photo by E. Tulchin.
I also wanted to share some other photos of his work here.
Orison 1 and 2. 1990-1992 221X74cm each.
#4 1974 74.5 X 74.5 cm
Enjoy the wonderful paintings.