Some recent work has been a response to the pandemic, its impact on society and us as individuals. Birds and ice cream vans have become my symbols to narrate personal and collective struggles. Made in oil, the paintings are bright and graphic with a compositional simplicity. The subjects, on the surface lighthearted, can reveal a darker context on further examination.
The hunter from the title is a peregrine falcon standing astride a glass tower block.
Whilst recovering from Covid, I would watch the peregrine from my Chrisp Street studio, hunting pigeons over Canary Wharf. He would land on the roof of a neighbouring block of flats and became an important symbol for me of freedom and liberation.
This peregrine is a majestic master of the avian world, able to conquer the stormy skies that surround him. The painting is a comment on the unexpected loss of control over our world – his fractured reflection in the mirrored building implies the disruption caused to our lives.
Blackwall Hunter oil on canvas
Size: 84cm h x 42cm w
Price: £975 contact (please include the title of the work)