Coronation Day, oil on linen, 48×44 inches, 1998-9.
“After having seen so many coronation of the virgin type paintings in my European studies, I thought it was a nice idea to paint a painting where everyone is crowned, a devine concept indeed. This was painted just after my first son was born… I work from my imagination, but paint characters sometimes based on reality, the bald figure is my son’s god-father, and the woman on the pillow a from my head version of my pretty lady johanna, and another is sort of my buddy James’ brother…When creating a painting, compositionally I like playing with intertwined figures, a challenge and a pleasure to do.
One of my current goals is to compose a larger coronation day painting. It will be called ‘Mass Coronation” – MA, June 2020