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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'.


30 October 2021, 19:26
I've loved this painting for years, the original was in St David's Hall a few years ago.
For me it's so exciting. I can just imagine her in the salon, its a hot day and she's bored of the repetetive conversation and the same pungent smells of hair solutions when he puts his head round the door and says "fancy the beach?" She throws her comb on the table and goes.
3 October 2021, 01:48
I saw this painting some years ago - and it has haunted me ever since. I love it. There's a special dynamic to it and I love the perspective. Definitely in my top ten of favourite paintings. Des Field. Australia.
9 August 2021, 19:30
Simply brilliant, inspiring moment, one of the greatest pieces of art I have ever seen. This artist with this painting hit a peak, maybe like a singer who comes out with a classic.
6 March 2021, 20:11
Can anyone provide a working link to buy a copy of this print?
The national museum one isn't working
6 November 2019, 02:35
I first saw this magnificent painting in the private quarters of the former priest of St. Mary's in Brigend. He loved it, I loved it and time slipped away and I returned to Florida and have been attempting to purchase a print for yonks. Any ideas. I just love Running Away With The Hairdresser.
11 July 2019, 16:01
Are prints of "running away with the hairdresser " available anywhere.
Melanie Polledri Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Staff
22 January 2019, 07:12

Hi Ann, thank you for your enquiry. Kevin Sinnott now lives and works in South Wales. He moved back in 1995, after living in London for many years. You might be interested in his website:

Melanie, Art Dept

John hanbury
20 January 2019, 00:53
This painting is the station hotel caeru maesteg
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
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