Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

All Here - Including the Kitchen Sink

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

All Here - Including the Kitchen Sink

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Byline: Karen McLauchlan

THEY say a picture paints a thousand words but one painting currently on show at Middlesbrough's mima has taken the gallery on a journey of discovery about a Teesside artist.

QUESTIONS OF BELONGING is currently on show at mima, featuring work from the gallery's own collection and curated by the people of Teesside.

Scullery Sink by Middlesbrough artist Glynn Porteous has often won the public weekly vote and has emerged as the people's favourite.

When Rene Porteous saw the painting by her late husband in mima, though, she decided to share the fascinating story behind the image - and gift the original sketch for Scullery Sink to the gallery.

Capturing an image from the Porteous' family home in Middlesbrough's Acton Street in 1954, the painting was completed by Glynn when he was just 18.

Joining the Army for his national service a year later, he later went on to study at London's Slade School of Art.

After Slade he worked in a London design studio before returning to his home town and a career in Cleveland County Council's surveyors department - where he remained for almost 20 years before taking voluntary redundancy in 1987.

With his wife Rene he set up a gallery in Forbes Buildings on Linthorpe Road before opening an art shop on Linthorpe Road that closed in 1993. He died in 2003.

Rene and mima's education officer Claire Pounder recently visited the house in Acton Street where the original painting was completed to see if the subject, the scullery sink, was still there.

They didn't find the sink, but found the original front door and the views from the bedrooms still matched other sketches by Glynn.

Rene says: "I think the whole experience has been exciting, from mima choosing to display the work right up to the nostalgic visit to the original house in Acton Street. …

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