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Painted on an Egyptian cotton pillowslip, ‘Sunbather’ shows the artist lying on his back on a towel, relaxed on holiday, but surrounding him are dark radiating beams and scorch marks made with an iron. Hall has commented that the painting is concerned with a combination of daydreams and actual recurrent dreams from his childhood concerning the imagined murder of his father with an iron. Though the dreams evoke very differing emotions, both involve heat.
oil, acrylic & gesso on cotton
H 43.7 x W 37.8 cm
purchased from the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham