Chris Bruce

Boy with a Flag

Canvas Panel
51 x 41 cm


Boy with a Flag is part of a body of work that reflects upon socio-political themes. The painting seems to show a totemic figure mustering followers. The image itself evolved from a sequence of random procedures. Objects and figures emerged by the action of pareidolia. Finally, there settled on the painting a ‘subject’ that offered narrative coherence and gave form to fragmentary preoccupations current at the time of making. This process of discovery-within-the-act (of painting) is one which parallels, for example, the formation of conspiracy theories: both involve the selection and marshalling of resonant data from a chaotic matrix.”