In 2013, I returned to making figure paintings after a long hiatus mostly spent writing crime novels. In these pictures, I combined acrylic paint, and occasionally oil colour, with transfer prints.
I was inspired to make these paintings following a number of trips that I made abroad during the previous 5 years.
For example, in Breakfast in Marrakech I attempted to capture the sense of colour and the strongly contrasting shadows I found in Morocco.
What You See Is What You Get combines Roman ruins in Taormina and Etna’s beauty. This painting also joins day with night.
It also focuses on a modern desire to view everything through a digital medium.
As I have written elsewhere, Édouard Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe influenced Legacy.
In this painting, a group of young people enjoy a lunch break. Some are using their phones. None of them speak to each other. Meanwhile in the background, a block of flats undergoes demolition.
I found the demolition site in Vienna, the youngsters in Green Park, London, and the rest of the backdrop in Stratford, East London.