oil painting James Earley


“30155” is an oil painting of Scott a homeless man that I met in London in 2018. I spoke to him as he sat in a shop door way drawing a picture for his girlfriend who was asleep next to him. I added the tattoo “30155” to his forehead in the painting as I wanted to show how humanity had not really progressed from the dark days of world war 2 concentration camps to the homeless situation now where people are seen as a number rather than a person and where people are judged on a black or white basis, good or bad, different or normal.

oil on canvas

60cm x 90cm

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