(oil on board, diameter: 32.3 cm) 

'The Tulip Stairs', 2019

This is a painting of the famous ‘Tulip Stairs’ in the Queen’s House in Greenwich that Inigo Jones designed to be the first geometric, self-supporting spiral staircase in Britain. I thought the spiral shape and round oculus at the top would suit a circular painting. As with my convex mirror triptych I took a reference photo with a fisheye lens to emphasise a warped and convex effect - like it is also a mirror. I loved the wrought iron tulip motif and it felt fitting since I’d also painted tulips before. 

 

Every one of my paintings tends to take a long time - an average of about a month or more  - and with this work is the memory of all the Greek myths I was listening to while I painted it. 

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