Sunday, 10 February 2013

Duchess of Cambridge and Stuff

Duchess of Cambridge | Oil on Board | Adam R. Grose | Jan 2013

The painting study above is my response to the painting of the Duchess of Cambridge unveiled to the public at the National Gallery a few weeks ago .  As a painter I am intrigued by the Media and its use of the throw away image.  I am enthralled in the way we collect images everyday, storing them in our minds, on our computers, mobile phones, newspapers and how they contribute to our sense of the real.  We recall them, think about them, critically analyse them - each informing our reality of the moment; a constant cascade of images through our lives.  It is how we build our sense of the self. 

The above painting was taken from an image of the Duchess I pulled from the Internet, possibly from a member of the public or paparazzi during one of her public walkabouts.  I printed the image and screwed it up - re-folding into a new form, as though it was a piece of rubbish.  My reasons in the way I have re-interpreted this image, which would otherwise have lain in obscurity, reveals a polemical idea on the usefulness of Royalty or Celebrity.  Through re-forming the digitally printed image I am affecting the way we interpret particular sections of society and their effect upon our lives - in this case celebrity-ism and the rubbish we take in, unknowing its effect upon our lives.

Kevin Bacon | Oil on Canvas | 13 x 18 cms | Adam Grose | Jan 2013
  Actors pretending to be someone else - professional liars who take on the identity created by those who write characters - re-forming perception which I re-present in paint, fixing an idea of the moment from a particular standpoint.  Not with a concrete idea, but one in which I can observe my response to it; emancipating my activism with the aesthetic quality, informed through years of looking and reacting to a psychology of perception and its domination in the commercial world. 

  The rubbish we create in our throw away culture in the West and its unsuitability contribute to forming non-sensible novelty, leading to the probability of a falsification of reality; in consequence leading towards an entropic break-down of society, and in turn to an easier control from those who think they know better.

Princess | Oil on Board | 13 x 18 cms | Adam Grose | Jan 2013

  I am intrigued by those who have decided they have a divine right to rule.  Monarchy and the 'Elite' of our world, or rather those who deem it necessary to have some form of control over people - although what they own was originally taken from the people in the past.

  How can it be that in our contemporary world we still allow such people to assume such wealth and power?

  When the top 1% have earned enough money from interest that would solve the world's problems four times over; or that there are more empty homes than there are homelessness in its many forms, from those who beg on the streets or families living in bed and breakfast accommodation; or even those who are more upset by swearing on the television rather than being upset by the poverty and conflicts happening in the world today - then surely society in all its meaning of the word, is failing.

  Maybe it is time to change the stuck record and play a different song - one which we can all enjoy?