‘Esher, Surrey in the year 3000’ (2007), oil on linen, 140 x 100 cm.2007
Esher, an affluent town in Surrey, is my place of work and residence and I have painted a number of landscapes of local scenes. This painting imagines a bleak vision of the future. It assumes that global climate change has resulted in the end of humanity and nature. All that remains are clouds of brown dust swirling around the statue of grief, graveyard crosses and headstones and dead trees. It reflects my fear that it is already too late to rescue the planet. If I am wrong, then the painting will serve the useful function of acting as a dire warning.
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