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Running Away with the Hairdresser

SINNOTT, Kevin (1947 - )

[image: Running Away with the Hairdresser]

Date: 1995

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 160.0 x 216.0 cm

Acquired: 1996; Purchase; with assistance of Knapping Fund

Accession Number: NMW A 3993

The artist was born in Wales and studied in Cardiff, Gloucester and London before returning to live in Bridgend. His paintings deal with memory, emotion and experience, rather than specific events. This subject began with a darker painting of a single half-length male figure, with the underlying theme of leaving one's past behind. In contrast to this 'serious, even somewhat pompous idea', the artist views Running away with the Hairdresser as 'a momentary slip into fecklessness... a mature scepticism towards youth's arrogance'.

Work not on display

33 comments

Mike Winton on 14 July 2014, 17:43

When the National Museum of Wales decided to acquire this painting, it was its first acquisition by a living artist.
To mark this event, HTV (Wales ITV)? featured it as the centrepiece of an arts programme, accompanied by the Iggy Pop track, "Lust for Life". .
Look at the painting and imagine the stirring drumbeat as the couple leave their cares, throw caution to the winds and "go for it".
I was fortunate enough to see it on display some years ago and it really created a lasting impression. Put it back on the wall!

Wendy mcleod on 12 May 2013, 19:47

When will this picture be on display.?

A. Lloyd on 16 January 2013, 09:08

I extended a stay in Wales to hopefully see the Kevin Sinnott painting, Running away with the hairdresser,at the museum in Cardiff. What a disappointment to find that it was not on display again, the staff said it would be back on display in about six months time.
This is great for those who live close but I live in Spain and will not be in Wales at the time it is on display, such a shame.

L B on 19 July 2012, 21:24

I am a huge fan of this amazing piece of art and I would love to buy a print for my house, however I cannot seem to find it in the art collection so I may purchase it. Can you please advise where I could but a copy? Thanks

Badger on 27 May 2012, 21:10

I used to work in Cardiff and often livened up lunchtime by going to see this and the Van Gogh in the museum.
It is a very energetic painting that really worked in the time of Brit pop and Oasis and now looks just as fresh and enticing and I think will find new audiences for ever !
I particularly like the strong light that is shown here, the sort that bounces around between these sort of close streets and rendered walls.

Nick Clifton on 2 March 2012, 13:32

In Cardiff two weeks ago, mother and eldest daughter went off for University open day, I took son and younger daughter around the castle (outside, couldn't afford to go in!), around some shops then over to the museum.
We looked in one of the upper rooms and around the balcony (some very cool teapot designs) before descending with the intention of going straight into the prehistoric section, but I popped my head into this gallery and WHOA! ... I could not take my eyes off this picture, it is so real, so dazzling, and it raises so many questions, fantastic!
If I were rich I would contact Mr Sinnott and ask him to paint a copy for me ... then I would have to buy a house with a big enough room to appreciate it.
My youngest assured me that there is even a Milky Way wrapper by the woman's feet.
Absolutly made my day, thank you Mr Sinnott and National Museum Wales.

Ian Ferguson on 26 September 2011, 15:34

Glad to see it back in such a prominent position. Thank you.

christopher james on 8 September 2011, 20:32

put sinnots painting in the new contemp gallery

Amgueddfa Cymru on 1 September 2011, 14:14

Dear Ian,
Thank you for your comment, this painting is scheduled to be redisplayed in just over a weeks time, on the 13th September.

Ian Ferguson on 31 August 2011, 17:02

Why is the painting still not on display?

Amgueddfa Cymru on 19 July 2011, 09:29 (Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Staff)

Dear Tabea, Thank you for your comment, please see our Picture Library pages for details of prints from our collection.
Thank you for you interest in Amgueddfa Cymru

Tabea on 18 July 2011, 21:15

I would love to purchase a print of this picture as a present. Where can I get it and how much will it be?

Tabea.Neumann@gmx.de

Colin Davies on 17 February 2011, 10:12

To Gaynor, Diana Evans and Janet Biddle; the setting is definitely outside the Station Hotel in Caerau, Maesteg.
How do I know?
I met the painter a few years ago and asked him!
Go to this Google Streetview for a current shot;

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&xhr=t&q=caerau+maesteg&cp=4&safe=off&rlz=1T4GGLL_enGB336GB336&wrapid=tljp1297888865859012&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=Caerau,+Maesteg,+Bridgend&gl=uk&ei=RDZcTcL2C4mLhQeKx9WnDQ&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=image&resnum=1&sqi=2&ved=0CBsQ8gEwAA

Janet Biddle on 20 January 2011, 09:37

The location of this painting is in fact an old Barbers shop in Blaengarw,close to where the artist now lives.

Amgueddfa Cymru on 1 November 2010, 11:18

Dear Diana Evans:

To answer your question about the location of the painting Running Away with the Hairdresser the best clue comes from a recently published book Kevin Sinnott: Behind the Canvas in which he suggests that the painting's location is the intersection of roads at the Station Hotel, Caerau Road, north of Maesteg. He does not identify the figures but mentions that the scene may relate to his own memories of leaving Wales for the first time.

In the summer of 2011 we will open five newly refurbished galleries for the display of modern and contemporary art. This will greatly increase the amount of space the National Museum Cardiff has for the display of its post-1950 collection. These new galleries will mean that visitors will enounter some of the museum's modern and contemporary collections for the very first time, whilst much-loved favourites such as Kevin Sinnott's Running Away with the Hairdresser will be rediscovered in new contexts.

Nicholas Thornton,
Head of Modern & Contemporary Art

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