Friday, 19 December 2014

Object of Desire

 Hand study: Temptation 1, 2014, Oil on canvas, 19 x 35.5 cm 

Recently I have explored J.M.W Turner's work through visiting Late Turner: Painting Set Free. I am inspired by the way he reflected upon historic/contemporary events and sometimes contrasted past and present.

While painting Fading and Selfie I worked through some studies, which gave me the opportunity to explore hands and human form in depth. Additionally it gave me the chance to understand the idea of 'Object of Desire' before incorporating it into Fading and Selfie.

Both Hand study: Temptation 1 and Fading contrast the Apple from the Story of Creation and the phone, now so often connected with an iPhone with it's iconic logo of an apple with a bite. Both the physical apple and logo are timeless symbols of temptation - an ever present challenge to human society from Eden to silicon valley and beyond.

Hand study: Temptation 2, 2014, Oil on canvas, 19 x 35.5 cm

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