Led by format and series again, 'The Clash' is the first painting completed in a suite of twelve. Taking proportions from the Golden Ratio, these paintings are executed using traditional materials and methods. After rabbit-skin size, lead primer and a six month wait, I attempt to paint like an old master, taking tips from enthusiastic amateurs on Youtube. This lengthy, amusing but unfamiliar process soon becomes a test of patience. Tension builds further from constantly trying to resist the influence of 20th century art.
The subjects of these paintings are portraits of well-known English personalities, both heroes and villains, representing clusters of occupations within society. 'The Clash' is meant to encompass jobs involved in Security by representing a washed-out portrait of The Queen on the shoulders of Fusilier Lee Rigby.