2017, Oil on canvas, 160 x 200cm
This painting is all about ‘the song and dance’ of living on the Pepys. Four figures dance around the green man (in this instance armed and in camouflage), a recurring motif in my work who references the historic parade of the green man through the streets of Deptford - a symbol of verdancy and rebirth - a sentiment which I find ironic in the context of the concrete jungle I grew up in. The dancing figures include the Lord and Lady of the May and a clown (all part of the parades entourage). The chav in the foreground references an incident where I was attacked and bitten by a dog in the shadow of the towers.