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John Cherrington (1931-2015) - Signed 1990 Oil, Portrait of a Young Man



An impressively detailed painting by British artist John Cherrington in his characteristic hyper-realist style. A young man leans casually against the entrance to a restaurant. With a sullen expression, the sitter stares directly into the eyes of the viewer, as if recognising his existence within the artwork. Returning the gaze of the onlooker, this young man retains his agency and ultimately his individuality. In this way, Cherrington comments on the implicit and often unequal power relations present in the artist-sitter relationship and the visual medium more generally. The presence of newspaper text, which Cherrington has carefully replicated, contextualises the scene, giving this composition a very British feel. Signed and dated. On board.


In fine condition.


59.7 x 43.5cm (23.5" x 17.1")
Sheet: 61 x 45.6cm (24" x 18")

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Artist Biography

John Cherrington was born in 1931. He studied at Hornsea Art College, and moved to Paris at the age of 16 to study art and art history. Cherrington served in the Army for eight years, and afterwards qualified as an art teacher. He taught art in London until moving to Herefordshire in 1977.

Cherrington was a prolific but relatively unknown painter, due to his shyness and unwillingness to put forward his work. Despite this reluctance, many of his paintings were accepted by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters between 1969 and 1974. His wonderful sketches of local characters are full of expression and talent. He produced paintings of bulls for local farmers, and was known to sketch customers in pubs.

Cherrington said his art was “stimulated by the visual world around him, which he found both tormenting and marvellous”.

Cherrington passed away in 2015 in North Wales.

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Code kk950
Artist John Cherrington (1931-2015)
Date 1990
Dimensions 59.7 x 43.5cm
Framed No
Medium Oil
Style Realism
Subject Portrait
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