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Man on a Horse

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Gilford Brown’s self portrait represents the artist’s view that the act of painting has liberated him from the confines of emotional distress, giving him a sense of purpose and self-worth that can come from being an artist. Gilford Brown painted 'Man on a Horse' when he was a member of START Studios in Manchester (now Start Manchester), an arts project for people recovering from mental health problems.

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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    90 x 120 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    donated by Langley Brown, 2015


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