Scenes from Parliament: The Commons

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Study of the House of Commons during Prime Minister’s Questions. I started this piece as technical challenge; I wanted to see if I could handle this much information while at the same time keep it all in perspective. Towards the end I became much more efficient at painting the miniature portraits, of which there are more than 400, and enjoyed the process of abstraction. If you look closely you might just be able to spot Theresa May to the left of the Dispatch Box, long legs tipped with pointy shoes, and her grandiose, salt and pepper hair.

Media: Gouache.

Scenes from Parliament: Theresa May

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I’m fascinated by Mrs May’s voluminous hair, it seems to have a life of its own. Painted here, in all it’s glory, from a recent Prime Minister’s Questions. It must take hours to sculpt this Thatcheresque helmet of hair every morning—how does the Prime Minister find the time? Perhaps Number 10 has an in-house hairdresser, and it’s all done while Theresa is munching her Cornflakes…

Media: Gouache.

Scenes from Parliament.

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I’ve started to make watercolour studies of Prime Minister’s Questions from the UK Parliament. Here, Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson comes under fire for his remarks about Brexit being a, ‘titanic success’. Considering that in 1912 the RMS Titanic sunk after hitting an iceberg on her maiden voyage, with the loss of 1500 souls at sea—this was a rather unfortunate choice of words.

Media: Pen, watercolour, and pastel.