Thursday, July 10, 2008

Men in Suits

Detail from my painting 'Nothing happens, twice'. To see the entire diptych click here.

While working on my new paintings, I have noticed that my subject matter seems to be taking on a bit of a in suits. I've been thinking about what they represent to me, and I think its a cross between 'noir-ish' anonymity, urban professionals and security. I love going to the financial districts of cities like London and seeing all the men in suits, it is impressive. Having worked in creative industries, suits were seen as ‘conformist’ and therefore a big ‘no no'. Then the 90's were all about dot com kids and corporate casual. I think now I may have a touch of nostalgia for the days when I was little and I used to see my Dad leave for work every morning in his suit and tie.

Robert Longo's 'Couple Dancing'

In the late 80’s one of my favourite artists was Robert Longo as I was enamoured with his frozen black and white drawings of people. I hadn’t actually seen one at a gallery until I went to the New York New York exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. The exhibition showcased New York artists over the years and Robert Longo was one of the artists. The works were still extremely captivating and have really stood the test of time.

To read more about the artists in the New York, New York exhibition click here.

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