Screaming Target. 2007
Screaming Target. 2008
This piece was a sort of sequel to my portrait study of the actor Robert Newton in character as Bill Sikes in Oliver Twist, which is why I used the same colour palette. It again portrays him as the main subject. This piece concerns the moments before Sikes flees the scene of his girlfriend Nancy’s murder, at his own hands.
The painting had gone in many different directions prior to the decided psychological narrative, explaining the gnarled texture of the piece. A blessing in disguise because this jagged look added to the tormented result.
I wanted to depict Sikes inner turmoil and conflict before becoming a fugitive. The faded tile effect represents the faded interior of the squalid room, but the appearance of screams on the tiles expresses his torment. The vibrant red to the right represents a hallucination of Nancy’s blood, the last remnants of which are reminded the flecks on his coat. The last course of action is loading his pocket pistol before his hasty retreat.
Original Art by Phil Davis Art.
Oil on canvas. Signed and framed in beechwood frame with glass and mount.
45 cm x 38 cm
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