August has been a very busy month for me as I have been working on my largest painting to date. ‘In Company’ was commissioned by Conran Partners and D&D London for the Old Bengal Bar in central London. The painting reflects on the history of the warehouse, a nod to its construction by the East India Company. The warehouse was immortalised in a poem by John Masefield that described it as holding ‘the wealth of the world and London’s power.’ The work depicts two officers, without prescribing a specific identity to either, I wanted to evoke a sense of the two cultures. The figures reference C18th portraiture in particular the works of Tilly Kettle. The palette of turquoise, fusia and copper was chosen to contrast the traditional pose of military figures and capture an imagined sense of history and adventure in an exotic land.
Hoxton Art Gallery installing the painting