How poverty produced true panache and poise

Belfast artist Colin Middleton had fallen on hard times when he painted the exquisite Judy, which is now on offer at Adam’s latest sale

18th March, 2018
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Country Cart by Daniel O’Neill

Hard times can sometimes have a way of firing up creativity. A case in point could be a painting entitled Judy, executed by Colin Middleton in 1954. He appeared to be on a roll, having had a two-man show with Daniel O’Neill in London, and a major retrospective in Belfast to look forward to in the autumn. But art wasn’t paying. His relationship with his mentor Victor Waddington was at breaking point, and he was...

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