A Man as a Slab of Meat
Created during a period of escalated conflict in Syria, Thomas depicts the banality and tragedy of modern warfare where innocent victims are reduced to simple lumps of flesh and pools of blood. Recently visiting a small scale exhibition of life in the Middle East, Thomas was particularly intrigued by the image of a butcher skinning a chicken-its limbs being pulled into stretched and contorted postures. Reworking this template Thomas created an amalgamated, vaguely human form hanging from meat hooks to the top left and right hand diagonal. The dark teal background gives a haunting depth which contrasts against the white foreground of the central figure.
A Man as a Slab of Meat. Oil on Canvas in a white box wooden frame. 31.5'' x 49.5'' x 1.5''. 2017. £1650