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Painting: Acrylic on Other.
Winston, a surreal and abstract portrait of 'The Great Man', Winston Churchill. Taken from the classic photograph of Mr Churchill visiting the coastal defences at Hornsea in the north of England in July 1940 where he was given an explanation of the Thompson submachine gun.
The Thompson submachine gun or ‘Tommy Gun’ was popularly associated with mobsters of Prohibition Era America, this image was later used by the Nazis for propaganda depicting Churchill as a mobster.
The inspirational character is painted emerging from the chess cube. The Chequered cube has been a reoccurring shape across my work, it adds a sense of depth and weight and holds various connotations depending on context. Chess representing the game of life. It's harsh straight and bold lines are complemented by the expressive, abstract strokes. The roses also bring a sense balance and natural beauty to the painting to counter the man made cheques.
Painted in black and white acrylic with dashes of colour on unprimed linen. Showing the beauty of the material and using it's warm, earthy tone as a background. This style that first developed in the 'Better Than Life' series has become a favourite and will continue in future works.