James Aldridge has done private commissions for murals, portraits and figurative paintings, as well as designing costumes for ballets. He also exhibits in group shows.

This work was commissioned by Edward Hayward to help finance the struggling artist's first trip to London.

The artist has not been concerned to depict a woman of ideal beauty, but uses rich and vibrant colour to paint a series of shapes presented by the female body. The model's watchful gaze holds the attention of the viewer, who is uncertain whether her enigmatic expression is a sensual smirk or a grimace of pain as her solid bulk maintains the awkward pose.