Camerons, 2013, Oil on Panel, 20x28cm
This double portrait of David Cameron and his wife, Samantha hold several thematic explorations. The Prime Minister is recognisable despite being heavily cropped, while Samantha is only identifiable due to the identity of her husband. Ideas of gender and power relations can be read into the choice of subject matter, though this is not the motivating actor behind the creation of this painting. The close cropped format is an intervention into the source imagery, taken from contemporary mass media. Cropping an image in this way puts this painting at odds with much of historical painting and in many ways seems to have been constructed with an anti-composition. The space between the two figures seems the subject more than the figures themselves. This particular painting is more an exploratory work, questioning ideas around format, media, depiction and the place of contemporary painting rather than working towards any pre-determined conclusions.