Display caption

This is one of a series of paintings begun in 1955 that were inspired by a butchers shop near the artist's home in Leytonstone. Coker painted the interior of the shop and still lifes of sheeps' heads, chicken, hare and pig carcasses. These were exhibited in London at the Zwemmer Gallery in 1956, when Coker became associated with artists like Jack Smith, John Bratby, Derek Greaves and Edward Middleditch all of whom chose as their subject matter everyday scenes from domestic life. The painting was singled out by the critic John Berger who championed the new realism, for its 'wonderful conviction of surface and form.'

August 2004