This painting is one of a series that John Bratby painted of his favourite cars. They are always positioned looking through the open doors and onto his car port. This picture feels reminiscent of Van Gough, the shape of the cars’ wheel and other proportions are deliberately not right, but at the same time very “right”. The subject, colours, size and composition of this painting make it quite extraordinary and memorable.
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 know 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 though 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.