Cleaners

These drawings are part of a body of work about labour and luxury. They show overlooked service staff cleaning hospital corridors, offices and shiny foyers.  The activity of cleaning and the cleaning equipment are the main focus. Rather than as portraits of individuals, the workers are represented as anonymous types, forgettable people who meld into the surroundings.

Painted with confident gestural swipes, there is also restraint with succinct mark-making combining observation and  descriptive abstraction of shapes. The limited palette (white, grey, yellow, blue) echoes the anodyne banal atmosphere of institutional non-spaces.

Selected for Axisweb:five2watch Painting