Angel (The Italian Job) 2001

Oil on Canvas. 16 x 20 inches

This is really two paintings in one, the quotations are from Raphael and de Chirico. Both painters are Italian and both of them seem to embody in their work a yearning for the narrative. For Raphael Christian cosmology provided a rich source of imagery where the spritual and painterly were united. With de Chirico no such certainties existed and he looked to other sources of power and evocation. Nature is the source of his wonder but it needs to be strange and sad hence the late afternoon light falling on empty streets etc. This is where modernity looks for wonder when angels are no longer an option, however I'm not about to rule one out at the expense of the other.

In the Collection of Peter Thompson