MUGSHOT : Painting the least wanted is an exhibition inspired by vintage American Police mugshots from the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s that focuses on petty criminals from all walks of life. I have chosen to paint people on the edge of society, those in the wrong place at the wrong time. Some of the 'crimes' committed such as homosexuality are no longer considered illegal today and I am fascinated by changing attitudes and shifting tolerances together with mistakes in judgement that led to the subjects being arrested.
The format of the Police mugshot is a quick, unplanned, unrehearsed moment in time. I love the immediacy of them and I have carried that feeling into the paintings, working wet into wet using oils with each piece coated in gloss resin to mimic the sheen of a photograph. The exhibition will also showcase large-scale charcoal drawings, pencil sketches, prints and film.