• Emilio Santoro

    Pencil, colouring pencil, charcoal, pastel, ink, gouache and watercolour with collage on paper
    295x418mm
    2018

    (Elvis x 20) + (Tom x 1)

  • Halfboy and Halfsister

    Oil, sheeps wool, zebra wood, wire and mixed media on linen
    1204x1004mm
    2018

    HALFBOY

  • Burnt fucking house

    Burnt Fucking House

    Oil on linen
    400x600mm
    2015

    2015/2016 I

  • Great Yarmouth

    Oil on linen
    750x550mm
    2015

    2015/2016 II

  • J.K.Rowling (side view)

    Oil and mixed media on board and 3D assemblage
    720x972mm
    2005

    Portraits

  • If we make it Through December

    If We Make It Through December

    Oil on found panel
    475x290mm
    2010

    I Remember You

  • Maze

    Maze

    Video still
    2010

    Maze

  • The Tiger's Bride

    Oil on linen
    400x600mm
    2014

    The Tiger's Bride

  • The Spectre of Brave Alonzo

    Ceramic earthenware, ceramic stoneware, steel, fibreglass, ink, acrylic, bull's blood and mixed media
    680x950mm
    2013

    Love and Death

  • Teardrops Can Never Drown the Flame

    Teardrops Can Never Drown the Flame

    Oil, flock and pearls on linen
    1000x1350mm
    2008

    Together in Electric Dreams

  • Lonesome Stu

    Lonesome Stu

    Charcoal on paper
    180x180mm
    2010

    Lonesome Stu and the Gearshifters

  • Knight's Tale (still from the film)

    Performance
    2006

    Knight's Tale

  • Paul 1

    Oil on linen, 2015

    650 x 550 mm

  • Paul 2

    Oil on linen, 2015

    650 x 550 mm

  • Paul 3

    Oil on linen, 2015

    650 x 550 mm

  • Paul 4

    Oil on linen, 2015

    650 x 550 mm

  • Paul 5

    Oil on linen, 2015

    650 x 550 mm

  • Paul 6

    Oil on linen, 2015

    650 x 550 mm

  • Paul 7

    Oil on linen, 2015

    650 x 550 mm

  • Paul 8

    Oil on linen, 2015

    650 x 550 mm

  • Paul 9

    Oil on linen, 2015

    650 x 550 mm

  • Paul 10

    Oil on linen, 2015

    650 x 550 mm

Paul

Paul comprises the first 10 paintings in a proposed body of 50 paintings in total, all of Stuart's cousin Paul. The paintings, which will be sequential, narrate the story of a day in Paul's life. It's a day in which very little actually happens: he makes innumerable cups of tea, urinates, takes his dog for a walk, watches television, washes up and so on. All of this takes place in a somewhat impoverished flat in South London and in the open spaces of Mitcham common.

Paul suffers from depression and has been a sufferer of alcoholism and drug abuse at various points in his life. He cannot work, due to a back injury sustained in the construction industry some years ago, and suffers from near-constant pain. In spite of all this, the paintings manage to avoid the trap of presenting Paul as a victim of circumstance, nor are the images consistently bleak. They are full of humour and some of the paintings exhibit an unexpected visual poetry and lyricism. Each painting is made within a 24 hour period and the summation is 50 paintings which depict a 24-hour period in his life. The pictures inevitably play on the idea of repetition in human existence and with a Beckettian sense of humour, pose questions about the futility of our lives. Yet the beauty of the paintings and Paul's stoicism and good humour allow the installation as a whole to transcend these questions and becomes almost inadvertently a celebration of human life.