by Michael Taylor
oil on canvas, 1984
41 3/4 in. x 36 1/8 in. (1062 mm x 917 mm)
Commissioned as part of the First Prize, John Player Portrait Award, 1983, 1984
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Bream was painted by Michael Taylor after winning the John Player Portrait Award in 1983. Bream is portrayed at home in Dorset playing the guitar. Taylor, whose portraits have a hyper-realistic intensity and often include disturbing effects of distorted perspective, revels in the curvaceous form of the instrument and the case with its emerald green lining. Commissioned by the Trustees as part of the first prize, John Player Portrait Award 1983.
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- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 75
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Current affairsThe Provisional IRA bomb the Grand Hotel in Brighton where various politicians, including the Prime Minister, where staying for the annual Conservative Party conference. The bomb killed five people including a conservative MP, but no members of the cabinet. Thatcher began the next session of the conference the following morning at 9.30 as planned saying: 'all attempts to destroy democracy by terrorism will fail.'
Art and scienceDr Alec Jeffreys discovers that patterns in an individual's DNA can be identified and that each person has a unique 'genetic fingerprint'. The technique was soon utilised by forensic scientists to help in criminal investigations, and in order to identify human remains, for paternity testing, and to match organ donors.
Ted Hughes is appointed poet Laureate.