So the incredibly grand and optimistic way in which I walk round art exhibitions or galleries is to go ‘Would I have that on my wall?’
Mostly, when it’s contemporary toss that looks like someone has just spunked all over a canvas, the answer is no. But at the opening of the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition last night, I liked this oil painting very much. It’s by Leonard McComb, a brilliant, 80-something British artist who was apparently crippled by self-doubt as a young man because he destroyed all his early work.
Trouble is this painting – Jasmine Flowers Provence, Turkish Bowl V&A – costs £25k, but it would look VERY lovely on my wall if you’ve got the cash kicking about.
I like Leonard’s oranges, too.