Some of my work is autobiographical, looking back to my childhood with the aim of evoking shared memories in the viewer. My dad left me a box of transparencies from my childhood that has been both inspired me, and helped eternalise moments we shared. This painting is set in the council estate where I grew up, and tells the story of the day my dad taught me to ride a bike - how to use the brakes, mount the bike from stationary, then at a run. And he held the back of the saddle while I pedalled down the hill calling for him not to let go. Only when I got to the bottom, did I realise he had! Incensed, I came riding up the hill to tell him off, only to realise that I’d learned to ride! I don’t know if you remember the red shoes I’m wearing? Chances are if you were a female child in the 60s like me you will, as the choices for kids were limited to Startrite or Clarkes - as here!
Oil on canvas
Framed: 94 x 64 x 5cm (37 x 25.2 x 1.97 inches).
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