The Fool

This is one of the clothed lay figures.

The Fool sits on its plinth for all to see. He is a jester; his face rests on his knee gazing into space – a dark void, there is no light there. He is looking for anything to amuse himself. His fists are pushed together reminding him that he is still there.

As with all fools, the outer camouflage is not the picture of the inner self.

To jest on command is a hard price to pay.

Some of my references are cross gartered “Malvolio” from 12th night and the long eared cap from the “Grinning Man”. I think this lay figure might have played this role before!

Oil on Canvas, painted in 2017.

120cm x 120cm.

This painting has been sold into a private collection.