Memory and Desire, Stirring

Memory and Desire, Stirring.

Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, Size: 46 H x 61 W x 2.5 cm

Painting this image, I wanted to accentuate the solitary nature of the figure against the dark background, into which his features blend.

The title of the work is taken from T. S. Eliot’s poem “The Waste Land”.

This painting is based on a newspaper photograph of the writer Brian Keenan, whose work includes the book An Evil Cradling, an account of the four and a half years he spent as a hostage in Beirut, Lebanon in the 1980s.

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