45 x 35 cm | 16 x 12 in
Original painting in oil on canvas.
"Figures in Bahrain Protesting."
Since graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Blair has been long-listed for Saatchi New Sensations 2014, awarded the Dewar Arts Award, which supports talented young artists in Scotland completed an art residency at Dumfries House, Scotland and awarded The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant. Blair graduates from his MA at Glasgow School of Art in 2017.
Blair's large-scale paintings at first glance appear to be depictions of dancers, with the turn of a calf - perhaps reminiscent of Degas. On closer inspection though and as the titles suggest, they are in fact inspired by shocking acts of violence, whether rioters or the violation of women and they explore the visual boundaries between joyful expression and agression.
The images are often simple with one or two figures and plain backgrounds, the colours mostly muted. The scale of the work suggests grand composition, but the work is sketch-like; a blink, a moment captured. The viewer is free to fill in the blanks, and then left to examine how these gaps were filled; raising questions about the portrayal of violence and sex in the media and how it affects us.