This series of works mostly take the form of oil paintings which copy sections of Raphael originals. This series attempts to connect ideas around aesthetics, politics and spirituality, the details of which are outlined in the analysis of each piece.
Raphael was chosen as a source for several reasons. Firstly, Raphael paintings are almost exclusively concerned with spiritual subject matter, in the Christian tradition. He is often held up as one of the greatest painters in art history, a renaissance master, highly revered even in his own time. His influence is so significant that the reformist group of Victorian painters named themselves the Pre-Raphaelites, rather than the pre-mannerists. Due to this canonical position in the history of painting, the referencing of Raphael works allows my work to allude to certain aspects of art history, through connotation alone. Limiting my options to Raphael paintings gives the series a coherence and aids the selection process. The history of painting is extensive, and even when limited to spiritual subjects, the colossal amount of work would be overwhelming. Focusing on Raphael provides a framework through which I can approach the concepts that interest me whilst having a solid direction and consistency in the paintings.
All of the paintings are small in size and reproduce only sections of the original on which they are based, never the entire image. These are deliberate and considered judgements. The small size is used as 'commodity size', dimensions that would fit comfortably on a shop shelf, and mimic the scale of the reproductions sold in museum gift shops.