My favourite paint­ing Ann Cleeves

Wil­liam–labourer by Peter Burns

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‘Peter Burns’s por­trait of an un­named ship­yard worker rep­re­sents home for me. When we first moved to the North-east in the mid 1980s, ships were still be­ing built on the Tyne and I know peo­ple who once worked on them. I’m drawn to this face, to the de­ter­mi­na­tion and the un­flinch­ing stare. The con­fi­dence. We can tell from the crum­pled cloth­ing that this is a man who takes more pride in his work than in his ap­pear­ance. Vera, my fic­tional de­tec­tive, would un­der­stand and ad­mire him. My re­sponse to the paint­ing might be tinged with nos­tal­gia, but the sit­ter un­sen­ti­men­tal’ is clear-eyed and

Ann Cleeves is a writer and win­ner of this year’s Di­a­mond Dag­ger, awarded by the Crime Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion. Her lat­est novel, Cold Earth, has re­cently been pub­lished in pa­per­back

Wil­liam–labourer, 2010, by Peter Burns (b. 1944), 311⁄2in by 231⁄2in, Col­lec­tion: Ann Cleves

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