On the Edge of a City

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A desolate inner city area of waste land and tower blocks. In the foreground, right, a labourer strides away to the right looking suspiciously behind him, towards the viewer. He wears a yellow jacket and blue jeans with a tartan cap. He carries a large bag in his right hand, filled with scrolls of paper and books, a hammer and other carpentry tools. He crosses the street towards a shop with a yellow neon 'TATTOOS' sign and a skull and crossbones over its door. In the window is a well-lit picture of a man's arm with a red heart tattoo. In the middle of the road is a car, its tyres missing, several men inside, one holding a megaphone out of the window. A flag flies from a pole sticking out of another window on the other side. A twisted girder lies on the road next to the car.

Manchester Art Gallery



On the Edge of a City




oil on canvas


H 214 x W 366 cm

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purchased from the Raab Gallery, 1988

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