‘Nostalgia: Margaret Clark and John A Walker circa 1959 or 1960’, (1973). Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 91.5 cm.1973
Margaret Clark was a Geordie art and design student I met at art school in the late 1950s. This double portrait derived from a photograph taken in the backgarden of 15 Ariston St, Grimsby (my family home) while we were courting. Marriage followed in 1962. By 1973 we were divorced. The painting - a memorial to a romance and failed marriage - was intended to make the photo image larger and more permanent. The sepia tint aimed to give the painting a flavour of past times. In the early 1970s photo-realism was a type of painting much in vogue and in fact many modern artists have made use of photographs as source material.
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