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John Cherrington (1931-2015) - 1982 Acrylic, Surrealist Portrait in Purple



An emotive surrealist portrait by the British artist John Cherrington (1931-2015), with a pair of eyes looking through an abstracted setting. Cherrington's art historical knowledge allows him to combine traditional techniques with a contemporary approach to develop his own distinctive style, and here he employs a range of brushwork. Signed to the reverse and dated '82. Signed on the reverse.On board.


There is scattered surface abrasion and some marks and scuffing to the edges.


53.7 x 49.1cm (21.1" x 19.3")
Sheet: 55 x 50.8cm (21.7" x 20")

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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 km162
Artist John Cherrington (1931-2015)
Date 1982
Dimensions 53.7 x 49.1cm
Framed No
Medium Acrylic
Style Surrealism
Subject Abstract
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