A Syd Barrett self portrait painting was stolen from London’s Idea Generation Gallery on Saturday 9 April, it was part of the ‘Syd Barrett Arts & Letters exhibition.
Libby Gausden, the owner of the painting and a former girlfriend of Syd’s has issued a heartfelt plea for its return.
A reward of £2,000 has been offered for information leading to the painting’s safe return – callers should contact Ideas Generation Gallery on Tel: 020 7749 6850.
Syd Barrett painted the self portrait between 1961 and 1962 and gave it to Libby Gausden, his then girlfriend. This was the first exhibition to have shown the 31cm x 23cm painting.
Libby Gausden said, “I am very upset at the theft of the painting, it has huge personal value to me and I am appealing for its safe return.”
Eloise Rowley, Gallery Manager, confirmed that the painting was stolen from Idea Generation Gallery, 11 Chance Street, EC2, on Saturday afternoon between 2.15 – 3pm.
If you have any information about the theft, please do get in touch with the gallery at the phone number above, or contact NPF here.
Source [ PFM, Idea Generation Gallery ]