Old Irish Jerry used to go and have his dinner in the pub every night after a day on the booze. He never seemed drunk, but jovial and pleasant, full of quirky stories. Following his meal he would have a little sleep at his table. Now, anyone who knows pub licensing laws – or just the rules of pub etiquette – knows you can’t sleep in pubs. So when asked as whether he wouldn’t mind waking up or going home, his reply came with still shut eyes, “I’m not sleeping; I’m just looking at the bright colours behind my eyelids.” I figured his answer warranted the luxurious state.
Inspired by intriguing characters like Old Irish Jerry my Source of Light paintings are a study of interesting characters. Combining Film Noir-style drama throughout, my paintings confront us with gritty depictions of men’s frailty, depicting character and feeling over true reflections of the characters’ appearance.