Squidge Squires Playing an Oud - acrylic 36 x 36in - 2016-01-14 12:43:09

Squidge makes and performs on Eastern musical instruments. We chose the oud from his collection (the Persian ancestor of the lute) as some of the others were so long that they would not fit comfortably on the canvas.   Squidge is also an artist, producing complicated surreal images, so there was a lot to communicate about him in the portrait.   Settling into playing his oud, Squidge seemed to be looking straight at me, but in reality he was far away as his fingers found the notes and he listened to his music.