Some personal reflections from June Crisfield Chapman:

"During the sitting, almost continuously, Julian Bream played a single chord to keep his hands in position. The variety of emotion he brought to those few sounds seemed to me, as I painted, to be infinite. A child prodigy, this world-famous lyrical, passionate guitarist gained an O.B.E., a C.B.E., Honorary Doctorates, Fellowships, dedications. The picture pose had its own rhythms - the back of the chair, the guitar rest, the guitar, the head of the sitter, eyes concentrating, intent."

June Crisfield Chapman(1934-2017)

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Julian Bream (200_)
Oil on canvas, 101 x 76 cm (40"x30")
Portrait by June Crisfield Chapman
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