The library in Welwyn Garden City is not necessarily the first place you would imagine encountering a previously unknown modern artist and one clearly gifted and unique in his field. But here it was that I found myself on a slightly damp summer morning, courtesy of the tube strike, in said library and unable to concentrate on my tabled agenda on account of the monumentally beautiful installation that resided on the wall of the central glazed stairwell.
This vibrating, arresting, poetic structure was the work of Peter Collingwood OBE, Artist and Master Weaver. In his work traditional skill and visual abstraction are aligned in perfect harmony and his Macro Gauzes, the name I discovered that was coined for these particular works and the ones that he was most famed for, seem to reference both Bridget Riley and Barbara Hepworth simultaneously.
Your local library, you never know what you'll discover.