I’m honoured to once again be commissioned by Orleans House Gallery to create some new reinterpretations from their amazing archive for their exhibition, Beyond the Frame. I chose a hilarious piece from 1844 celebrating the meeting of King Louis Philippe, Duc d’Orleans and his entourage with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert – I couldn’t help feeling there was something deeper going on in the expressions of the subjects than just a jolly diplomatic encounter – to me their faces seem to betray other emotions and the urge to give them all thought bubbles got me thinking… so I made seven other themes of equally absurd, cynical or fantastical diplomatic encounters… some play on the staged aspect, some on the futility, some on hidden and blatant agendas, and a couple of topical comments on dubious diplomatic relations today.
The exhibition is currently closed of course but in the meantime you can read a conversation I had with the gallery about my pieces and my working methods for them here.
These are all 50x40cm giclée art prints. Come and see the other fantastic interpretations by 18 more artists. BEYOND THE FRAME is now open and runs till till 31st May 2020
Orleans House Gallery Riverside, Twickenham TW1 3DJ