Chaining of Joe Crow

The Chaining of Joe Crow

100 cm x 74 cm

oil on canvas

SOLD, private collection USA

Original oil painting

“The Chaining of Joe Crow” is a painting of a homeless man that I met in Winchester in 2017. I was struck by the kindness, generosity and hope by this man yet also the fear that seemed to drown his eyes. I wanted to exaggerate the portrait by giving one side a feeling of hope and light and the other side a feeling of despair. I also added the chains to symbolise the difficulty the homeless have in finding housing when they do not have a permanent address. I also added the sign “Homeless” to show how the word itself defines, controls and ultimately destroys.

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