David Tindle - First Floor Cafe

David Tindle - First Floor Cafe


(Born 1932)

First Floor Cafe

Signed with initials l.r.: DT; signed inscribed with title and dated on the reverse: David Tindle 1989-90; First Floor Café/Egg Tempera
Egg tempera on board

29 by 35 cm., 11 ½ by 13 ¾ in.
(frame size 40.5 by 46 cm., 16 by 18 in.

Born in Huddersfield, David Tindle has made his name for painting painstaking and delicate egg tempera scenes of haunting and subtly lit interiors, portraits and still life studies. He graduated from Coventry School of Art in 1947 and held his first solo show at the Piccadilly Gallery in 1954. He came to the attention of John Minton who purchased a portrait by him and introduced him to Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud. He taught for a time at the Royal College of Art and was Ruskin Master of Drawing at Oxford University. Works by him are in many public collections.

The present work, of the late 1980s, is a fine example of his beautifully balanced and mysterious unpeopled interiors with a glimpse of the outside world through the open window.