Object of desire

A painting of Clint Eastwood is on view

5th March, 2017

Clint Eastwood is instantly recognisable, but the artist is unexpected – Basil Blackshaw. Averse to publicity (he once turned up at his own exhibition wearing a paper bag over his head), he gave his first television interview to the BBC months before his death in 2016. In it, he confided that in painting his hero he felt he had to do something “a bit more exciting” so he added paper and cardboard, which to his...

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