The present work depicts Victor Willing, a fellow class-mate of Michael Andrews at the Slade. It was painted whilst on a holiday when Victor Willing placed his head in a face-in-hole board and Andrews caught the moment in this work.
It is a study for the model in the left panel of the triptych Good and Bad at Games (1964-8) now in the collection of the National Museum of Australia. This work was the last of a series of works known as ‘the party paintings’ which explored how people affect each other's behaviour. Good and Bad at Games depicts the psychology of social interaction at parties - the triptych shows the party at three moments during which the varied moods of the subjects are depicted. Some figures, such as Victor Willing grow in confidence whilst others diminish. The work was influenced by a photograph of a group of Giacometti sculptures on the Arts Council Private View Card for the 1967 Tate Exhibition.
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