(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.