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Painting: Acrylic on Other.
A rare collaboration with my Father, painter David Eddington.
Whilst recently visiting him in Los Angeles we got round to the long discussed idea of working on a painting together.
David had painted the forest background and gave it to me to come up with something for the foreground. Allowing the sub-conscience to take over I had a vision of a man in a shirt and tie holding his hands up in a desperate and almost religious embrace, like one of the characters from Caravaggio's 'Deposition'. This would be the body of the character. During the act of painting the idea presented itself of the head as fire extinguisher.
Without question I added this feature, I find it best to paint from impulse and step back later and piece together the narrative.
Once it had become clear what It was going to look like I gave it some thought as to the ideas behind it, examining my thoughts and influences of past few weeks. It was then clear what we had painted. I had been following the reports on the burning of the Amazon rain forest, and this was now representation of the desperate situation which will effect the whole world. For the last 2 days of the painting I was listening to news reports and documentaries about the issue as I painted and added details to emphasise the point.
It is painted in an expressive manor with pockets of sharp detail in acrylics.