Death in the Afternoon

Death in the Afternoon

Death in the Afternoon

Death in the Afternoon

“Death in the Afternoon” 2002

Mixed Media

Exhibited: New Walsall Art Gallery

Created during a period of significant change for the artist this work, from his “Darwin Collection”, is a deeply moving and, in some ways, graphic depiction of death and separation. At the same time, its very creation opened the way for new possibilities by exorcising demons, which may well have entrenched themselves in his catalogue and inhibited the vast body of styles he went on to embrace.

The picture itself is multi-layered. The overall beauty of the piece contradicts the imagery it contains, with the relatively obvious horns tearing through the art and blood reds synonymous with a bull gorging its victim. This, bizarrely, seems to give an overall sense of hope to the work. The frame is an integral part of the artwork too and contains elements such as leather and deep red velour, continuing the themes of the rampant bull. More significant are the shards of broken mirror that, whilst threatening in their own right, are perhaps more telling as a rejection of the self-image the artist had at that time.
Size: Inches
49 x 64
Date:
01/03/02
Medium:
Mixed
Price:
£3600