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David Budd

Max Hutchinson Gallery

One offers a description in a review—something that might be missed in the reproduction. The review acts within the area of possible error; what you see is not always what was there—especially in a photograph of an art object. This area may be elucidated by describing David Budd’s paintings. He has painted a set of all-blue paintings. Painted with a palette knife in thick, fingernaillike strokes from left to right, they all appeared pretty much the same, being manufactured in a similar fashion. They were about three-and-a-half, maybe four feet, roughly square. The only complication arose in the fact that they were painted very thickly. You may not get this from a photograph, but the track lighting created small “pools” of light reflecting off the “puddle,” the valley of each stroke. Certainly what you can’t see in a reproduction is that as one moved, these reflections also moved. My

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