Michael Andrews
The Deer Park 1962

Artwork details

Michael Andrews 1928–1995
The Deer Park
Date 1962
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Support: 2140 x 2445 mm
frame: 2149 x 2452 x 40 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1974
Not on display

Display caption

'The Deer Park' was inspired by Norman Mailer's novel of the same title. For Andrews, the novel seemed to describe 'the world of Soho' whose clubs and bars he had frequented. Rather than illustrating the text, however, the painting creates a new, imaginary situation involving a cast of different characters. Its subject is social behaviour 'where people are relaxed and project images close to themselves'. The figures are all based on photographs of people from show business and literary worlds, past and present. They include Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot and the poet Rimbaud. The background is based on 'The Boar Hunt' by Velasquez in the National Gallery, London.

August 2004