Neate painted this (now classic) image of THE TEA DRINKER, using his expressionistic painterly brush work with collaged additions for the blue and white designed tea cup and the captivating, yet melancholic eyes. Under a wash of acrylic paint, collaged headlines and text from newspapers can be read ‘I want options’, ‘drama’, ‘terror’, ‘no regrets’ which hint at the mind set of the portrait’s subject.
The chair has become a recurrent image in Neate’s paintings, later appearing in his TRIPTYCH WITH CHAIR’ 2007 which was one of the highlights of his PAINTINGS, POTS and PRINTS, August 2007, exhibition, and most recently as THE BLACK CHAIR in DIMENSIONAL EDITIONS & PAINTINGS, October 2012.
A limited edition print of THE TEA DRINKER (now sold out) was published by Elms Lesters for the exhibition IN SELECTED STORES in February 2007. Details below:
THE TEA DRINKER 2007
Signed and stamped edition of 75
Size: 67.5 x 112 cm
printed on Hahnemuhle German Etching 310gm