STUDY IN OILS

 

  STUDY IN OILS

  24” x 36” (61 x 91cm)

  Acrylic on gessoed panel

£7500


The provenance of this work is odd. I first painted it back in the mid-1970s. The old oil tank itself stood in front of my home near the garage. For some extraordinary reason, I mounted the hardboard panel on a sheet of half-inch ply-board. Why? You tell me. It was so heavy I could barely lift it. I then decided the picture wasn’t working as I wanted it to, so I cast it aside, literally. For thirty years or more it lay in the back of a disused stable, enjoying a circle of friends exclusive to the district; mice, rats, weevils and various nibbling things unknown to science. Then one day I saw it again and decided to re-paint it. Amazingly the acrylic paint was undamaged - tough stuff acrylic paints. To remove the ply-board I had to employ a flatbed sander, a fearsome device that took us back to the original hardboard. And that’s what we have today.