David Tindle

David Tindle, by David Tindle, 1985 - NPG 5852 - © David Tindle

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David Tindle

by David Tindle
tempera on canvas, 1985
12 in. x 10 in. (304 mm x 254 mm)
Purchased, 1986
Primary Collection
NPG 5852

Sitterback to top

  • David Tindle (1932-), Painter. Sitter in 10 portraits, Artist of 3 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • David Tindle (1932-), Painter. Artist of 3 portraits, Sitter in 10 portraits.

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The portrait is entitled 'Man in a Room', emphasizing the objectivity of the artist's approach. 'Although one is invited to inspect, or crawl over the face surface and the entrance to the slightly open mouth,' the artist writes, 'the spectacles and the one eye obscured seem to hold back further inspection. The idea of the diagonal light lines and the painted edge at the bottom of the picture and the general boxing-in of the painting in composition makes it a self-contained experience.

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Current affairs

55 people die in the Manchester air disaster when a British Airtours Boeing 737 bursts into flames after an aborted takeoff at Manchester International Airport.

Art and science

Bob Geldof and Midge Ure organise Live Aid, a rock concert in London and Philadelphia, to raise funds for famine relief. The biggest names in popular music, including Paul McCartney, Queen, Status Quo, The Police, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, U2, The Who, and Led Zeppelin, performed to a TV audience of 1.5 billion.
The British Antarctic Survey discovers a hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica.


Reformer Mikhail Gorbachev comes to power as first secretary of the Soviet Communist party. He calls for 'glasnost' (openness) in Soviet life, and pursues a policy of 'perestroika' (reconstruction).
French intelligence operatives sabotage Rainbow Warrior, the Greenpeace vessel. The ship was leading a protest against French nuclear testing in New Zealand when it was bombed and sunk, killing one of the twelve on board.

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