About this artwork

This painting is one of a series of seven watercolours in which the artist explores a private world that contradicts the stereotypical male persona. The works show men dressed as women, influenced by Peter Ackroyd’s book on transvestism and dressing up, and by British comedians of the 1960s and 1970, who dressed as women as part of their acts. The title of the series, ‘Nightshift’, suggests a change in character or appearance that may take place at night. The men depicted in these works are not drawn from real life but are characters constructed by the artist. The exaggerated platinum-blonde hair and leopard-print dress on this man make him appear simultaneously comic, awkward and unsettling. In this series, Flannigan suggests that there is artifice involved in all types of beauty.

Updated before 2020

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  • artist:
  • title:
    Nightshift No. 7
  • date created:
    2002
  • materials:
    Watercolour on paper
  • measurements:
    76.10 x 56.40 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased (Knapping Fund) 2003
  • accession number:
    GMA 4670
  • gallery:
    View by Appointment
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Moyna Flannigan

Moyna Flannigan