Thomas Kluge

Rikki Fulton, 1924 - 2004. Actor and comedian (1997)

About this artwork

The wry smile of the man in this portrait, sums up a comedian for whom making an audience laugh was 'an indescribable joy', something that 'everyone craves to be able to do'. The son of a shopkeeper, Rikki Fulton was born in Glasgow. His successful career spanned theatre, pantomime, radio, television and film. Many will remember his annual TV appearance in Scotch and Wry on Hogmanay as the Revd I.M. Jolly. Equally memorable was his role as Josie, playing opposite Jack Milroy's Francie - a double act that had audiences in stitches long after the first show in 1959.

Thomas Kluge

Thomas Kluge

When Danish artist Thomas Kluge began to exhibit work in 1994, his photorealist style immediately attracted attention. He has since worked on several public commissions in Denmark including a group portrait of thirteen members of the Merchants' Guild and portraits of the Danish Queen, Margrethe II. He has also collaborated with the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, producing a portrait of the comedian, Rikki Fulton, in 1997. Kluge, who lives in Copenhagen, often works from photographs and looks to the Old Masters for inspiration.