“Me and Myself”

Original Oil Painting

Oil On Canvas 

60cm X 80cm

Created 2024

 

It was a sunny day in the autumn of 2023 when I saw Mick sat on a wall outside the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Crowds of tourists filled the area mesmerised by the sites of London yet Mick was invisible to them. I knew that Mick was homeless because he was with a group of homeless people that I knew. I also knew that I had to paint him, I never know why a particular person appeals to me in this way. Mick had been on the streets of London for some years having moved down from Hull. As with so many homeless people that I meet he lived in the moment,  he was full of joy, laughter and hope yet a little underneath this was trauma and fear. So many homeless people see the streets as an escape, they spend their childhood years surrounded by violence in a house that they should feel safe in, instead the house is a prison that they must escape from. 

As I walked on after saying my good byes I looked back and saw Mick laughing and then playing his mouth organ. I felt so much admiration for Mick. He kept going. 

 

The painting will come with a signed Certificate of Authenticity. The painting is framed and ready to hang.

The painting will be professionally packaged, tracked and insured during delivery and delivery is free.

If you have any questions about this artwork please contact James on 0044 7551616352 or by email james@jamesearleyartist.com

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