Jenny & Libby help out
Jenny Spires, Syd's girlfriend during the mid 60's, has been in touch with me and would like to elaborate on the fantastic picture that has just been published in the new 'Barrett' book of Syd in 1964 posing with one of his huge paintings.
"That photo John Gordon (the photographer) had been saving to go with one of my letters from Syd. I think part of the letter is in the book and at the exhibition - a sketch Syd did of Twinkle and a motor bike etc. , but there were three written pages with the sketch. Part of the letter was about that painting. The gist of the letter is mentioned in the caption I think, but Syd wrote that he was thinking about a new painting he needed to do for his end of term assessment in the summer of 1965 (his first year at Camberwell). He wanted to do a painting of me... Anyway, he wrote that 'last year', meaning 1964, he had done a painting 'with a shirt stuck on a board which they raved about' and that he wanted to do something 'similarly kinky'. That's the photo of Syd in his white jeans, in his mum's back garden, posing with his painting. It was a self portrait. Anyway, I remember those jeans of course:-) He looked just like that when I went out with him first.
posted by markjones1970 at 12:02 AM