The Riots

16 x 36″ (91.5 × 40.5 × 4 cm)
Original Artwork – Acrylic on two deep edge, gallery wrapped canvas – with the painting continuing onto all sides of both canvases.

The two shapes and two different sized canvases are weighted to give an uneasy feeling of being slightly ‘off kilter’ whist still holding in common certain elements of their form. The Riots – this painting started as an image in my mind that I just couldn’t shake. It is inspired by the riots of the UK in August 2011 and thoughts of division within society.

The shapes represent the ‘them’ and ‘us’ of the discussions after the events – both seething with energy, and although different, basically made up of the same marks and colours.

The white space all around is the ‘blank’ of possibility – possibility to be whatever shape, colour, type of person – but also space not being used to spread into whilst we cling tightly in groups, and space which then forms a divide.

This original is on two chunky box frame canvases, signed by the artist and ready to hang.

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