'The Fashion Parade' by Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe, R.A (1901-1979)
Oil on canvas
A friend and neighbour of fellow Royal Academician Kyffin Williams, George Frederick Tunnicliffe's influences were particularly broad and far-reaching, and ranged from Oriental art to Henri Matisse, from Joseph Crawhall to Paul Gauguin. Certainly in the present the strength and lines of the composition give the work an almost Oriental feel, while the bold forms and shapes are worthy of any work by Gauguin or Matisse. The execution and brushwork on the foliage, grass and daisies, are perhaps closer to home, and call to mind the work of Sir Stanley Spencer (1891-1959), Royal Academician and contemporary to Tunnicliffe.