‘Saints of El Salvador’ (2019)

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If anyone’s in Edinburgh this Sunday, the painting will be unveiled by Bishop Leo Cushley at Sacred Heart Church, Lauriston Street during the 10.45 Mass. All welcome

The painting, of Rutilio Grande (grey jacket) and Óscar Romero (cassock) is based on a photo by Brother Octavio Duran. Grande and Romero were gunned down by security forces in 1977 and 1980 respectively for speaking out against the repression of the Salvadoran poor. The painting is commissioned by the Archbishop Romero Trust for permanent display in Sacred Heart Church.

Acrylic on linen, 100 x 100 cm

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‘Pope Francis, mobile phones’ (2017)

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Based on a press photograph by Alessandro Bianchi

Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 24 inches

I haven’t signed this off as I’m not quite sure if it’s finished.  The problem has been the background.  At one point I had a Buenos Aires rubbish dump behind the Pope with cartoneros (litter-pickers) busy at work, and the horizon at the back was an arc, the curvature of the earth. What I wanted was the rich, the poor, the Pope, and (referencing his encyclical Laudate si) an exploited planet, all squashed into the one canvas. Waking up one morning I realised I was overloading the picture and painted it all out. The hidden Gospel verse (Lk 6:20) is a relic from that earlier painting.

‘Rutilio Grande and Óscar Romero’ (2018)

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My painting of two 20th century martyrs from El Salvador – Rutilio Grande S.J. and Archbishop Óscar Romero – commissioned by the Archbishop Romero Trust for permanent display in St Ignatius Church, Stamford Hill.

Archbishop Romero was canonised on 14 October 2018. I understand Father Grande’s beatification is imminent.

Acrylic on linen. 48 x 36 inches. 122 x 92 cm.