Men of Substance - Manchester Men

This ongoing project has developed into a broad commentary on masculinity and what defines the ‘male condition’. From a starting point of randomly taken photos of crowds in Manchester city centre, I singled out particular men. Through the drawing and painting process, fictional narratives evolved. The visual devices – transparency, layering and fragmentation contribute to the attempt to ‘visualise’ the complexity of this concern.  Central to my commentary are the contradictions regarding male posturing and the weakness, vulnerability and imperfection that this disguises.

All paintings 50cm x 40cmOil on canvas

Originals not currently for sale   High quality Giglée prints are available to order

 
The Magnificent One

Dreams Only

The Fence

Angel

He remembers

Sweetest Love
     
Male behaviour power and social conditioning and has been a constant theme that has recurred throughout my painting career.  This series of paintings contrive situations that comment on the merits, failings and irrationalities of the male condition.  The narratives in my paintings are unfinished, open-ended and always allow space for the viewer’s reading.  I work in a slow, careful, figurative manner that I like because I can control what I do and I have time to consider the painting’s formal elements and signified meaning.
 
Men of Substance
The Old Argument

Oil on Canvas    price on application
120x80cm
 
Men of Substance
Something in the Air

Oil on Canvas   price on application
120x80cm
 
Men of Substance
Cul-de-sac

Oil on Canvas   price on application
120x80cm 


Study for The Old Argument

 Charcoal/Acrylic on paper
50x35cm  £
750


Study for Something in the Air

Charcoal/Acrylic on paper
50x35cm  sold

Study for Cul-de-sac
Charcoal/Acrylic on paper
50x35cm  £750
Men of Substance I
charcoal /acrylic spray paint on paper
£750
a
p
Men of Substance I I
charcoal /acrylic spray paint on paper
£750
a
p

 

Men of Substance

more studies for large paintings that explore the narrative potential of multi-image compositions

This Way : This Way
Oil on Canvas
122x122cm
sold
a
p

 

Western Union
Oil on Canvas
122x122cm
orginal available  £2250
a
p

 

The Day Before Tomorrow
Oil on Canvas
122x122cm
sold
a
p

 

In Passage,  Quest  and  Stray, I have tried to stretch the narrative possibilities of a painting by juxtaposing three distinct images within each frame - each with its own metaphorical or allegorical associations.  Although there is an apparent underlying theme, suggesting a child's relationship with the world, the open-endedness of the imagery allows the viewer to combine the various parts of the picture to create their own associations and meanings
Paintings marked 'a' are available for sale.  All others illustrated are either sold or not for sale. 
 Paintings marked 'p' are available as high quality digital giclee prints