About this work of Art
Bustling City by Sean Durkin.
An original oil painting on board full or irony and narrative, inspired by Lowry paintings.
Framed – 80 x 110 x 4.5 cm
Signed ‘Durkin’ in the bottom right hand corner of the painting.
In 1972, his father, John Durkin, stole and held ransom a Lowry painting of Middlesbrough Town Hall and Saint Hilda’s Church from the local art gallery. In exchange for the painting’s safe return, he demanded that the Lord Mayor raffle his underpants for charity and that the gallery be installed with a better alarm system as well as be opened on Sundays “to allow the working am to get some culture.” Young Sean at the time remembered this and was fascinated by Lowry’s “Matchstick” people, which lead to inspire his paintings today.
Because of this story, each of Durkin’s paintings features a robber, a policeman and a pair of underpants disguised as bunting. (Images shown below)
- Size : H 80 cm x W 110 cm