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59th Painting

I used the blissful human situation of a loving father and new baby (the original models were David Cameron and his new baby daughter) and contrasted this with an American female soldier, heavily equipped and ready to fight. Traditional gender roles are questioned in the...

58th Painting

The original image was a sublime photograph of two young Afghanistan girls. Their composure and simplicity offering no suggestion of the tragedy happening in their country instigated by both the Taliban and foreign troops....

57th Painting

The trauma of the human condition involved in war is forever caught by photographers in the faces of children. The original image gave me no information as to why the child was crying but the fact that he stands so close to a heavily armed...

56th Painting

Another image taken from a domestic violence site. These are sites I've been looking at in preparation for work on some bigger paintings which will at first glance appear to be mainly contemplative pieces. I'm interested in Matisse's notion of a painting being like an...

55th Painting

I've been looking at some images which encompass the contemplative and also something edgy. I found this image which I think was on a site to do with domestic violence. I painted the image completely upside down in the space of about an hour not...

54th Painting

This image was taken from a fashion magazine and generally I don't often find images with a great sense of 'truth' to them in those type of magazines but this was obviously taken without the knowledge of the people around her so it looks relaxed...

53rd Painting

Mohammad Aamer, the 18 year old Pakistani fast-bowler implicated in deliberately playing no-balls in the fourth Test against England. He had just been named Pakistan's man of the series, and now he is suspected of bringing shame to the game and to Pakistan. Blessed with...

52nd Painting

It's hard to imagine such a well respected person such as David Hockney having such a small minded view with regard to smoking. He's obsessed with the rights of smokers to the point of calling non-smokers 'mean-spirited' and has taken on the mantle of grumpy-old-man...

51st Painting

Looking for inspirational resource material is a daily event for me and the photographic image I've used as a reference to this piece of work rightfully made the front page of the free paper Metro. The image shows a man and a boy knee-deep in...

50th Painting

Nigerian novelist Helon Habila sees the act of writing as a political act and his debut book, Waiting For An Angel, draws attention to suffering and injustice. His third novel Oil On Water speaks about the tragedy of the power of the greedy oil companies...