Oil on canvas
66 x 76.2 cm (26 x 30 in.)
Gift of the Estate of Sylvia Sleigh 2017.124
The subjects in this painting are a real-life married couple.
A Welsh painter, Sylvia Sleigh moved to the US in the 1960s where she became known for her series of portraits of friends living in New York’s Lower East Side and SoHo neighborhoods. This is a portrait of fellow artists Vincent Longo and Pat Adams. Sleigh’s decision to paint from life was an intervention in traditional modes of art making, which often did not afford women the opportunity to use models. She says, “Once I became aware of this situation in the ’60s, I made a point of finding male models and painting them as portraits.”
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