David Tindle b.1932
Thames Foreshore 1958
Oil on paper 11 × 15 in (27.9 × 38.1 cm)
Signed and dated
The Piccadilly Gallery, 1958
The Thames foreshore reveals itself at low tide, when beaches take shape on both banks, notably at Bermondsey, Wapping and points further east. Fast incoming tides, river traffic and hazardous pollution deter all but the most foolhardy of swimmers, but the foreshore has always been popular with mudlarkers and metal detectorists. In the early part of his career, Tindle depicted many parts of London, in particular Paddington, around the Regent’s Canal, and scenes on the Thames. In the 1950s, he was influenced by John Minton, Keith Vaughan, and Prunella Clough, as he began to develop his own mature style. Tindle had his first London exhibition aged just 19, and continues to be a presence on the London art scene. His work has been included in many important group exhibitions, and in a series of solo shows. He has received numerous portrait commissions and has several works in the National Portrait Gallery, as well as many other national museums. In addition to a lifetime of painting, Tindle held teaching positions from the mid-1950s, until retiring as Ruskin Master of Drawing at Oxford University in 1987. He became an Royal Academician in 1979 and Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 1981. He now lives and works in Italy.