David Tindle (b. 1932)

Self-portrait in a Mirror


SKU: 10303
Signed and dated. Charcoal Signed and dated  

Height – 55.9cm
Width – 30.5cm

1 in stock


The Artist’s Studio
Llewellyn, Sacha, and Paul Liss. Portrait of an Artist. Liss Llewellyn, 2021, p.310.

David Tindle held his first exhibition in London at the age of nineteen, and soon befriended a circle of older, more established artists which included Francis Bacon, John Craxton, Lucian Freud, John Minton and Keith Vaughan. Several of these peers – certainly Bacon, Freud and Minton – influenced his work technically and stylistically, as can be seen in Tindle’s practice in the 1950s and 1960s.

This charcoal self-portrait dates to 1963, and shows Tindle with a bandage covering one of his eyes. It has compositional similarities with his National Portrait Gallery self portrait from 1985 of which the artist commented¬† ‘Although one is invited to inspect, or crawl over the face surface and the entrance to the slightly open mouth, the spectacles and the one eye obscured seem to hold back further inspection. The idea of the diagonal light lines and the painted edge at the bottom of the picture and the general boxing-in of the painting in composition makes it a self-contained experience.’

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David Tindle
b. 1932

Painter, notably in egg tempera, printmaker and teacher, born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire. He studied at Coventry School of Art, 1945-46 and later at the Royal College of Art where his teachers included John Minton, Carel Weight and Ruskin Spear. From the early 1950s he was featured in the RA Summer Exhibition shows and had regular solo exhibitions at Piccadilly Gallery. By 1957 he had a retrospective at Coventry’s Herbert Art Gallery. Tindle then began to build up an impressive British and continental exhibitions record, including appearances in the John Moores Exhibition, Liverpool, in 1959 and 1961; a retrospective in Northampton’s Central Museum and Art Gallery in 1972; and appearances in such shows as British Painting ’74 at Hayward Gallery and British Painting 1952-77 at the RA. Two years later he was elected RA. From 1985 Tindle showed with Fischer Fine Art and in 1996 he showed new paintings and prints with the Redfern Gallery. He taught at Hornsey College of Art, 1959-74, and at the Royal College of Art, 1972-83. Tindle was also for a time Ruskin Master of Drawing at Oxford University and held a professorial fellowship at St Edmund’s Hall. The Tate Gallery, Manchester City Art Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and many other public collections hold his work.

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David Tindle (b. 1932)
Self-portrait in a Mirror