The Mick Maslen collection is a large group of photographs donated to the gallery by Mick Maslen. This makes an interesting addition to the Young Gallery’s collection which includes portfolios of photographs by the leading British photographers Fay Godwin and Tony Ray Jones. Mick Maslen’s photographs include architectural series such as his portfolio of work in Swindon which focuses on the decorative details and colour of doors and other architectural features.
This photograph is from his Cuba series made in 2002. It is a particularly powerful image as we only see the legs of the person depicted leaving us to imagine who this person is, and why the photographer has chosen not to show the rest of her body and face.
Mick Maslen is an artist and teacher. He works in a range of medium including painting, collage and photographs and in different styles from hard-edge (often stripe) paintings to his ‘Psychobabble’ collages which include drawing and other elements. He taught for many years at Cheltenham School of Art and was one of the main contributors to The Guardian newspaper’s free guide to drawing in 2009 and a subsequent book about drawing Drawing projects: an exploration of the language of drawing (with Jack Southern).