Medium : Oil painting on canvas
Size : 650 x 450 mm
Initially inspired by the soft colour palette and demure poses of a Baroque painting, in this piece the original image is completely changed and transformed: a party goer confrontationally stares down at the viewer on a background of vivid yellow and pink brush marks.
Chris Hawkes’ works incorporate non-conventional materials such as nail varnish, nail transfers and plastic gemstones which convey associations to femininity, contemporary consumerist culture and queer subcultures. Chris places various opposing yet interacting elements such as gestures, transcribed doodles, abstract forms, and pre-processed images within the space of the painting. The idea of the sampled, second hand or re-contextualised image evokes social media and the normalisation of the construction of ‘identities’ made of images. Their work has been exhibited in London, Brighton and in Chongqing, China, during a solo show at Organhuas Gallery.