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David Oxtoby (b.1938) - Signed & Framed Contemporary Mixed Media, Self Portrait

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In this distinctly unique artwork, Oxtoby strays from his usual subject of rock and pop musicians to depict a harrowingly honest self-portrait.

One of the most interesting things about this artwork is the medium with which it has been created. Oxtoby has combined 'Charles of the Ritz' makeup and aqua-tec white paint to produce a remarkable surface full of rich depth and fascinating texture.

An inscription on the reverse states the uncommon medium choice, as well as the fact that the artwork was completed for the Save the Children auction and exhibition held at Christie's, London in 1983.

The artwork bears the reverse of Oxtoby's signature, humorously reflecting the fact that the portrait is a depiction of the artist in a mirror.

Additionally, the artwork is dated '1938-83'. This is a nod towards two dates. The first being Oxtoby's year of birth, 1938, and the second being the date of the exhibition and auction that the artwork was shown in.

The artwork is well presented in a molded frame with a crisp white washline mount.

On wove.


Because of the medium of the artwork,it has been heavily fixed, and therefore is in fine condition.


44 x 34cm (17.3" x 13.4")

Artist Biography

David Jowett Greaves Oxtoby (born 1938 in Horsforth), is an artist associated with the Pop Art Movement.

Oxtoby studied at Bradford College from 1950 to 1957, and at the Royal Academy Schools from 1960 to 1964. He taught at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts from 1964 to 1965, and subsequently at Maidstone College of Art. in 1978 a book of his work "Oxtoby's Rockers", with text by David Sandison was published by Phaidon Press.

Oxtoby is most known for his unique paintings of pop stars, and has artworks in collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, The Tate Collection, and many others.

More Information
Code qc554
Artist David Oxtoby (b.1938)
Date Contemporary
Dimensions 44 x 34cm
Medium Mixed Media
Style Impressionism
Subject Portrait
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