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The Spanker, 2022*

‘Spanker’ is a nautical term for a large aft sail nearest the stern of a multi-mast ship. The idea came from weathered, shipping containers seen on the banks of the river Thames near my studio in Greenwich, London. Bold commercial graphics battle the transformative forces of time and nature. All things are transient – yet beautiful, when viewed from the correct perspective. To make this work more sustainable, reclaimed media were incorporated. The yellow, brown and white are household paints that were fly-tipped near my studio. The red is acrylic, laboriously reconstituted from a dried out tub discarded from another artist’s studio. The cotton covering the board has also been repurposed. All atoms used in this piece were once part of an exploding star, billions of years ago – just like you. Concealed in this painting is a second image, created using phosphorescent paint. Once charged up by ambient light, it will expose itself by glowing gently when all other light is extinguished. Just like people, this painting will present different aspects of itself in different circumstances. Choosing when to hide and reveal different parts of our nature does not make us false or deceitful – just selective and multifaceted.

10% of proceeds from print sales are donated to Sea Shepherd UK, an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation charity.

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Weight 5.7 kg
Dimensions 90 × 90 × 4.5 cm
Media

Phosphorescent paint, salvaged paint, on upcycled cotton, stretched over cradled FSC certified timber panel.