Cameron, 2013, Oil on Panel, 30x29cm
The most notable aspect of this political painting is the atypical presentation of the politician. David Cameron is represented to the viewer from behind, in a position that would be more or less anonymous were it not for the extensive proliferation of his image in the media. His image is rendered recognisable by its abundance in the media and this identification does not falter even once the image's format is altered through the painting process.
The second aspect of this painting that is noteworthy is the uneven border that surrounds the entire image. The thin black line within this border at the top of the painting provides a hint at the newspaper to which the border refers. The border leads to the painting being read as a media image rather than being considered in the tradition of portraiture. This painting pushes the motif of a recognisable figure while allowing the viewer to consider the image in the context of a mass media format paradoxically because it is painted. The painted medium draws the viewer to contemplation by the slowness of its creation. It is the polar opposite of the increasingly rapid and self-replacing mass media yet can still provide an insight into the contemporary consumption of imagery.