Marks & Spencer Leeks and a Pineapple

Julian Dyson

Some of Dyson's drawings of the early 1970s follow the Kitchen Sink idea of social realism, which had first appeared in painting in John Bratby's works of 1954 and had become fashionable in stage and television drama, particularly in the mid-1960s. Ordinary scenes, tightly observed, are presented and examined with no attempt to add glamour. Although Dyson's work of this period is honest and stylistically very much of its time, the gritty Northern angst celebrated each day in the ultimate Kitchen Sink serial of the day, Coronation Street, does not fully infuse Dyson's relatively idyllic Cornish life and work, amply summarised by his choice of topic in this drawing, and this period of his output, although skilful, is relatively short lived.

ARTIST
Julian Dyson (1936-2003)
TITLE
Marks & Spencer Leeks and a Pineapple
MEDIUM
Pen and ink on paper
DATE
1973
SIZE
35.4 x 50.0 cm: 13 15/16 x 19 11/16 in.
INSCRIPTIONS
Titled 'Marks & Spencer Leeks and a Pineapple' upper left: Signed 'Dyson' and dated '73' lower left
PROVENANCE
Estate of the Artist
REFERENCE
CC13-80
NOTES
This work is currently unframed
STATUS
Available for sale

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