john nettlefold (1866-1930)
this painting of john nettlefold sought to capture his steely determination as he not only had built the first house in birmingham to have electricity (winterbourne in 1903) but also went onto forge through dynamic house planning which would change the lives of many for the better. sadly he himself went on to suffer ill health thereafter which must have been a tremendous worry for his close family.
my exhibition winterbourne revisited opens on 01 february and as you can imagine i am putting the final finishing touches to and framing the 18 paintings which will feature in the exhibition. to wet your appetite here is one portrait study of john nettlefold which will hang in the main house, and hopefully in his study in a few weeks time. my stomach is turning as i anticipate the public’s reaction to my ten month residency. inspired by such an old and by now dear friend such as winterbourne has been amazing; thank you winterbourne for having me.