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I was born and brought up in Birmingham, where my Mom and Dad live. More like best friends than parents. I have two terrific brothers, Keith and Paul. Also best friends. We all gather together as often as possible. Keith, like me is a keen photographer, and on his new web site he has photographic information and links.

When I met Michael I couldn't believe my luck. Another loony and with the same sense of humour. Thirty years later he's just as terrific.


I am an artist working in a variety of media. I paint portraits from life and from photographs. On this page you can see examples of my work. One of my interests is Jazz and you can see some examples of my portraits of jazz musicians in my gallery. I also create sculptures in wood and in plaster of Paris.

Some of the work on this site are not for sale (indicated by NFS), because they are a combination of my photographs, drawings and paintings digitally enhanced.

Miles Davis (NFS)

My work has been shown in a number of exhibitions in Birmingham, Hackney, The Contemporary Portrait Society in London and in Berkshire, South Hill Park and Windsor Art Centres.

I have always been a keen photographer. You may like to see some of my photographs in this new album.


I have been influenced by such painters as:

  • Francis Bacon for his misanthropic works. He has an extraordinary power of emotion; stark, tragic moments that go straight through you.
  • Lucian Freud for his ability to capture the vulnerability of the sitter, and for the painterly quality of his work.
  • Maggi Hambling for her inventiveness, and her comic, moving and haunting paintings, especially portraits of her mother and comedian Max Wall.
  • W.R.Sickert for his witty and informative writings and the almost grisaille quality of his paintings.
  • The Neo-Romantic painters - Henry Moore, Paul Nash, John Piper, Graham Sutherland, Michael Ayrton, Ivon Hitchens, John Minton, Keith Vaughan, Prunella Clough, John Craxton, Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde.


Here are some examples of my work.

Francis Bacon Sculpture
On Reflection (Oils)
I find inspiration in Jazz as well as the plays of Samuel Beckett, Tom Stoppard and Harold Pinter. More may be seen in the jazz and portrait galleries.

Samuel Beckett (NFS)


My tastes in music are a bit of a mixture, but I favour Jazz predominantly, especially Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Coleman Hawkins, Satchmo, Earl Hines, Jelly Roll Morton, Charlie Parker and of course Lester Young.

Classical: Wagner, Debussy, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Bruckner, Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel.

Rock: Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Pet Shop Boys, Rolling Stones, ZZ Top, Eurythmics, The Who and Captain Beefheart (aka Don Van Vliet, abstract artist).

©All text and artwork on these pages copyright of Gaynor L. Duffy 1997,1998,1999

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