“Economics” is a painting centred on a homeless guy that I met in Amsterdam in 2019. I had seen Ronald a number of times during an exhibition that I had in Amsterdam. The last time that I saw him was early one morning when the streets were empty and quiet and he lay in a door way asleep. At that point there seemed to be no-one else in Amsterdam, just Ronald and myself. The silence was deafening.
I wanted to paint Ronald and I wanted to combine the painting with the contradictions that I saw in Amsterdam as well as the contradictions that I see everywhere else where the economy encourages the relentless pursuit for money whilst those who don’t quite fit in this model are spat out and forgotten. The rich are getting richer whilst the number of people homeless increases relentlessly. Something must not be working. We see the symbols of capitalism such as the brands of major corporations, we see the pile of dollars and the joke that this economic system plays whilst the other side of the painting shows Ronald exhausted, asleep, cold and hungry. We see a cardboard sign declaring the madness of the fact that “A Homeless man Sleeps on the streets in 2020”. A small Childs hand can be seen reaching out of the letterbox, this represents the 33 percent of children who live in poverty. In the corner is the crow the symbol of despair and gloom.
Yet I want the painting to encourage. I can see the change beginning to happen, I can feel empathy everywhere and those in power who tried to suppress it are seeing their system crumble.
I wanted to paint "Economics" in a realism style using oil paints on canvas. I wanted to create a documentary of the consequences and causes of poverty.
I primed the canvas in red paint and started building the layers of the oil painting initially using large brushes and gradually decreasing the size of the brushes until I used single hair brushes for the smallest of detail.
"Economics" is an original oil painting and it is unique as there are no prints. The painting will come with a signed certificate of authenticity and is framed in a hand crafted frame and it will be tracked and insured during delivery.
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About the Artist
British artist James Earley is one of the worlds leading Hyperrealism Artists. James first came to prominence in 2013 when he was chosen to be a part of The Art Investors’ acclaimed 2013 “Seven Artists Exhibition”, this exhibition was held at London’s Strand Gallery and focused on 7 of the...