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This work was painted during the artist’s final year as a student at Camberwell College of Art in London in the mid-1970s, and was originally intended as the basis for an etching. Made during a period the artist refers to as his ‘coming out’, it is one of a number of works in which Hall reflects on his sexuality.
After the relationship ended, the work was boxed and covered with velvet-like wallpaper. This painting was purchased in 1980 from Ikon Gallery in Birmingham in an exhibition selected by Hugh Stoddart. It had originally been shown in an exhibition entitled ‘Mayfair Illuminations’ in 1977, selected by the artist David Medalla.
ink & emulsion on etching plate on board
H 29.3 x W 42.2 cm
purchased from the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 1980