A Friend


A Friend, 2023. Amber Sykes. Signed Acrylic on Canvas; 23.4 x 16.7 in. (59.5 x 42.5 cm). United Kingdom.

“A Friend” is a captivating abstract portrait, created using acrylic, oil pastels, pen, and newspaper collage. Through its predominantly greyscale palette and layers of texture that hint at rich history, an air of mystique is created as if it has weathered the passage of time.

Amidst the smoky backdrop, bursts of colourful oil pastel emerge, adding dynamic contrast to the subdued grayscale tones. These vibrant marks, etched onto the canvas with spontaneity, evoke a sense of raw expression and vitality.

At the heart of the abstract lies a portrait, “a friend”, sketched with a pen in my deliberate imperfect style. The face of the man emerges from the layers of paint, with his features partially obscured by the textural elements of the artwork. This imperfection lends an air of authenticity and raw expression to the portrait.

“A Friend” is a multifaceted artwork that combines various artistic techniques to create a powerful and thought-provoking narrative. It masterfully balances a contrast of elements, including light and shadow, monochrome and colour, and sophistication and ‘roughness’, inviting viewers to embark on a visual, tactile, and intellectual journey.


Details and Dimensions:

Price: £150

Collection Price: £120 (West Yorkshire)

Size (cm): 59.5 H x 42.5 D x 2 W

Size (“): 23.4 H x 16.7 D x 0.8 W

Original Created: 2023

Mediums: Acrylic, Oil Pastels, Collage, Water Colour

Materials: Canvas

Complimentary Inclusion:

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Delivery Timeframes:

Delivery times vary depending on your location. Please refer to the approximate guide below. However, please keep in mind that these timeframes may be subject to variations due to customs processes:

UK delivery: 5-7 days

Europe: 9-10 days

International: 10-12 days

Warranty (Included):

When making your purchase, you automatically receive the benefit of a comprehensive warranty with every order. This warranty provides and extra layer of protection, covering various aspects, including shipping-related damages. There are no additional costs for this warranty; it is all thoughtfully included in the original artwork price.

Thank you for choosing my artwork for your art collection. I truly look forward to sharing my art with you.



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