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 recently had the operation and can once again reach an octave, much to the 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 The NHS have, I believe, recently withdrawn funding for the operation for Dupuytrens.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 rejected by the Mall Galleries for their Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition 2018.
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