The Compromised, The Lovers Triptych

The Compromised, The Lovers Triptych

Oil on linen

123 x 138 cm

The middle painting of the series depicts the middle age of life and marriage. Our couple have learnt to compromise in their everyday life and perhaps in love. Their affection has become subtle and covert, but nevertheless runs subliminal through their relationship and the image. They do not have to prove their love, and their confident and confronting gaze is reflective of this, but their lack of expression has become emotionless, and for all their closeness on the sofa, they are somewhat distant from one another.

The Lovers Triptych is a series of three paintings that explore the transitional stages of intimate relationships within the domestic setting. They are an exploration into contemporary depictions of Venus and Mars, inspired by Sandro Botticelli’s 1483 panel painting ‘Mars and Venus’. Each painting has a separate and contained narrative, as well as bearing a relationship as a triptych and timeline of how relationships mature and change. Are these a study of closeness or distance?

The Compromised, The Lovers Triptych

Oil on linen, 123 x 138 cm
For Sale: £800