About this artwork

This portrait depicts Tommy Robertson, the owner of Backtracks Music and Games - a second-hand music, games and equipment shop in the Tollcross area of Edinburgh. His shop has been open for over thirty years and is known as ‘the best Aladdin's Cave of hard-to-find vinyl oldies’. Robertson is also a DJ under the name Mad Hat Man, as illustrated by the t-shirt he wears. The title, Labour of Love, comes from the UB40 album of the same name - which can be seen at the bottom left-hand corner - and hints at Robertson's passion for collecting and music. It also references the artist’s time spent working on the painting which took ten months to complete. Michael Youds won third prize in the BP Portrait Award 2020 with this painting.  

Published March 2022

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Michael Youds

Michael Youds