by John Bratby


DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 17.0 x 15.0 in./ 43.18 x 38.10 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed lower centre
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas


Catalogue No: 4243 Categories: , ,

Sunflower is a prime example of John Bratby’s life-long fascination with the plant. This vibrant painting is typical of Bratby’s compositions, depicting a sunflower in the foreground and an outdoors scene in the background. As with all of Bratby’s sunflower paintings, the flower is the central focus. This is emphasised by his use of thick paint, which becomes less liberal in the background. The boat scene behind the sunflower is tranquil and cool in tone, contrasting with the robust yellows and reds of the petals. The leaves and stem of the plant carry the same warm tones as the flower, bringing the golden yellow into the pale blue sky. What is most striking about this painting is that all elements of the sunflower are outlined in black. Bratby’s technique is charmingly infantile, yet his use of colour remains sophisticated.


Private Collection, United Kingdom

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John Bratby became known for his still lifes, landscapes and portraits. He is considered the founder of Kitchen Sink Realism, a movement where artists used everyday objects as their subject matter and produced thickly-laden paintings. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1954 and was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in 1971.



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