This painting of sunflowers is one of a series of sunflowers paintings that Bratby painted in the 1980’s which became extremely famous and popular. In this atmospheric painting the colours are vibrant and joyous and give one a feeling of laying on a sunny bank on a breezy day,looking at beautiful tall sunflowers.
John Bratby RA, was an English painter born in Wimbledon, he studied at Kingston College and then at the Royal College of Art. His incredible expressionistic style became known as the “Kitchen Sink Realism” movement, founded in the late 50’s by Bratby.
He became famous for his adaptation of the impressionist realism of Walter Sickert and the Camden Town Group while moving towards a more aggressively expressionist style, influenced by Van Gogh and the Abstract Expressionists. He painted several kitchens subjects, often turning practical utensils such as sieves and spoons into semi-abstract shapes.
He was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in 1971. Many of his works have been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum, The New York Museum of Modern Art, The Tate and National Portrait Gallery among others.