A Very English Summer

A Very English Summer
A Very English Summer, oil and transfer print on MDF. Consisting of 13 panels. 179 cm x 199 cm. 2019

Painted in late 2019, A Very English Summer, is made from 13 panels. Each panel represents one week, and thus the whole picture represents one season of the English summer.
Initially, I conceived the idea of making individual paintings, each containing a transfer print of a digital image. However I decided to consolidate all of these images into a single painting, hence the prints are fully or partly obscured by pigment.
I made these digital images from a number of photographs which I took during the summer of 2019. The main central figure and those depicted at the sides of the painting, were observed on a MAS sound truck at the Notting Hill Carnival. This event takes place every year close to my home. The two figures in the foreground were observed walking close to a beach on the South Coast. Other images were also derived from observations made in West London and the South Coast of England.
The painting highlights the richness and variety of modern England, but it also hints at the divisions which currently beset the country.
Although secular in nature, this painting reflects a long-held admiration for the many altarpieces displayed in London’s National Gallery.