‘Pope Francis, mobile phones’ (2017)

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Based on a press photograph by Alessandro Bianchi

Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 24 inches

You won’t believe how many backgrounds this painting has had. At one point there was a Buenos Aires rubbish dump with cartoneros (litter-pickers) busy at work, and the horizon behind them 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.

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‘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.