15.75" x 12" 40 x 31 cm)/Oil on gessoed panel/£3500
Dupuytrens contracture is a medical condition where one or more fingers crook back on themselves. In my case the condition was disabling because it meant I could no longer play the piano as I couldn’t reach an octave with my left hand. I have now had the operation and can once again play, much to the unalloyed joy of family and neighbours. The NHS have, I believe, recently withdrawn funding for the operation for Dupuytrens. A finger gesture suggests itself.
This work was submitted to and rejected by the Mall Galleries for their Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition 2018.
...Again they tore my tattered ensign down...
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