Drawings - Sub-Series

In 1983 I was awarded one of six Yorkshire Arts Association Artist in Industry residencies and I was to work, for two months, with the relatively small (200 employees) Cooplands (Doncaster) Bakery.   Cooplands was a family business making bread and cakes and also cooked meats.  

Quite early on in this residency I made the decision to make mostly drawings and to focus my attention on the workforce - on people at work.   As I was living and working on site (sleeping at night in the board room) I was working close up with everyone else in the building and this closeness is probably why my drawings tend toward portraits of fellow workers.   I continued working on these drawings and paintings for about eight months . . . until a touring exhibition of the work of all six artists opened at The Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield - curated by James Hamilton. 

The Pastry/Mixing Department
Sandra
Albert
Alan and Harry Hosing Down
Alan Washing Down
Lesroy
Eric in the Washroom
Lesroy
Steve in the Mixing room
Alan Washing Down
The M.D.'s Office
Pinky at the Coppers
Paula
Paula and Margaret
Daz in Cooked Meats
Alan and Harry Hosing Down