No News Is Good News....2022 - Portraits of Now.
A series of paintings based on news reporters broadcasting live from Ukraine.
The Messengers: Each one painted in one go, alla prima. Painted directly on the canvas, with limited detail, just enough to get a feel of the expression in action. Surreal, floating heads, in the dark, overexposed by camera lighting, ghostly presences; how we see the news via a TV screen - removed from the reality of the horrors they are witnessing. Familiar faces, familiar voices, war correspondents. (March 2022).
'The Messengers', (a series of 12), 'The Correspondents', (I and II), (4 women reporters),
Two paintings featuring newsreaders in the studio broadcasting about the knock-on effects of the war in Ukraine and post-pandemic economy in the UK. Overexposed bleached out through studio lighting effects.
The Cost of Living (Reeta Chakrabarti) , The Energy Crisis (Cathy Newman)