Figure Paintings 2013


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.

Breakfast in Marrakech
Breakfast in Marrakech, 2013, acrylic and oil on MDF, 61cm x 74cm
What You See Is What You Get, 2013, Acrylic on MDF, 61cm x 91cm

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.

Legacy, 2013, oil and acrylic on MDF, 98cm x 122cm. Private Collection