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Running Away with the Hairdresser

SINNOTT, Kevin (1947 - )

Running Away with the Hairdresser

Date: 1995

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 160.0 x 216.0 cm

Acquired: 1996; Purchase; with assistance of Knapping Fund

Accession Number: NMW A 3993

The artist was born in Wales and studied in Cardiff, Gloucester and London before returning to live in Bridgend. His paintings deal with memory, emotion and experience, rather than specific events. This subject began with a darker painting of a single half-length male figure, with the underlying theme of leaving one's past behind. In contrast to this 'serious, even somewhat pompous idea', the artist views Running away with the Hairdresser as 'a momentary slip into fecklessness... a mature scepticism towards youth's arrogance'.


Ann Harris
17 January 2019, 09:24
Where does Kevin Sinnott work, has he got a studio in Wales?
Mark Webster
5 September 2017, 01:30
Perhaps twenty years ago I visited the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff and saw this painting.
I have been back there nine times to see it again and it has not been on display.
Of all the paintings in the collection, surely this must be the nations favourite, and yet it is not displayed .....
I am at a loss to imagine why this is the case?
Please let me know when I might see it again.
Many thanks
Mark Webster
Mark OBrien
26 April 2017, 02:18
Running away with the hairdresser is my favourite painting but in all the years I've been going to the museum I've never seen it.When can I see it?
Sara Huws Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Staff
15 February 2017, 11:57

Hi there Glenys,

Thanks for your comment - I often ask this question too! Maybe the mystery is part of what makes the painting so special.


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Glenys Jamieson
15 February 2017, 09:42
I love this painting. Bought a copy from the Cardiff Museum a few years ago. One thing which is on my mind is "Who is the Hairdresser, the man or the woman ?"
Amgueddfa Cymru
16 May 2016, 10:18

Dear Hoon,
Thank you for your comment, please see the link below for details of purchasing your own copy of this print:

14 May 2016, 17:24
Can I buy it? How much dose it cost?
18 April 2016, 02:26
Visited with my brother in law for the Diane Arbus exhibition. Found him sitting in front of this painting. Had no idea he was terminally ill at the time. So glad we were able to share that with him.
Ty Davies
4 February 2016, 22:34
With all the exquisite art in the National Museum of Wales this stopped me in my tracks and my 17 year old son! Thank you. Beautiful.
Sara Huws Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Staff
7 December 2015, 09:18

Yes, Allana, this painting is now on display in National Museum Cardiff. You can visit for free - more info here, on the NMC home page.

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