The idea of the portrait in the habitual setting of the sitter (cf The Jazz Pianist) was taken one step further with two main characters instead of one in this painting where the theatrical side of the restaurant experience has been heightened by a deliberate distortion of the perspective and the introduction of a proscenium arch. Suzy invites us to step in and parcipitate, whilst Nick tries to attract her attention without intruding too much on the dining-room scene. The other sitters were; Robin Marriott & Eija Partanen, Mattei Radev & Peter Mason, Neil Ward & Josette Guedes, Lorrig Maranjian & freinds.
Completed 1988. Private collection.