I relish painting with spicy sauce

Artist Neil Antcliff has being using Henderson's Relish to paint with including some famous faces from Sheffield. Jarvis Cocker

Artist Neil Antcliff has being using Henderson's Relish to paint with including some famous faces from Sheffield. Jarvis Cocker

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Artist Neil Antcliff has always doused his meals in Sheffield’s famous condiment - now he’s painting with it too.

The 35-year-old discovered a new technique when he accidentally spilled some Henderson’s at home and started doodling around the stain of spicy sauce.

Artist Neil Antcliff has being using Henderson's Relish to paint with including some famous faces from Sheffield

Artist Neil Antcliff has being using Henderson's Relish to paint with including some famous faces from Sheffield

And when it came to creating his next exhibition in the city, Neil took on the theme with relish.

Sheffield legends - from Michael Palin to Jessica Ennis, Jarvis Cocker to Glyn Rhodes - and the artist’s greatest influences have been brought to life with 15 portraits created using just a pencil, paper, and less than a bottle of the brown stuff.

Neil, who works under the name Foundry, said: “I never thought spilling a bit of Henderson’s would end up becoming an exhibition, but many art processes come about accidentally.

“What interested me was that Henderson’s is obviously notorious in Sheffield and I didn’t think I had ever seen anyone use it for artworks.

“I was living in Brighton for 15 years and used to get Henderson’s sent down as a jokey present from my brother.

“One day I accidentally went and spilled some and was doodling around the stain when I realised I could draw in Henderson’s, and that it was very different to other mediums that I have used before.

“It’s a permanent stain so as soon as it touches the paper it’s on there. So you have to work quickly and make sure you don’t make any mistakes.”

The Henderson’s Relish paintings feature, along with Neil’s other large-scale aerosol works, in a joint exhibition with his brother Craig Antcliff.

Brawn and Bread is on show at the Gage Gallery on Ball Street, Kelham Island, until this Saturday, June 22.

Neil, who lives in Walkley after returning to Sheffield a year ago, added: “I have been working on a couple of larger works with Henderson’s too.

“I haven’t used very much of it actually, probably less than a bottle. It goes a long way!

“I think my salt levels have probably gone up since I started painting with Hendersons but I am still a fan. I think I always will be.”

Prints and artwork will be available at Sidney Street after the show.