As the pandemic developed, dramatically transforming our lives and reducing us to the confines of our homes, I looked at some of my favourite art pieces. I decided to re-create them to express my feelings at that time, strengthening my connection with them. I brought their characters inside buildings and deprived them of the joys of outdoor living. I wanted them living our lives, being with us, waiting together to be freed.
Our government’s response to the pandemic has been notoriously bad. 146000+ deaths as of 19 March 2021 is a testament to that (https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/deaths). Every bad decision they made (which has been most of them) infuriated me. I made cartoons about them to vent my frustration and try to get a smile from people during hard times. This is a selection of them (plus a bonus cartoon of Trump’s similar bad-handling of the pandemic based on an idea from Liliana Rodriguez (my wife).
The social distance concept was a novel one. Most of us understood it and applied it rigorously, but some of us (perhaps too many of us) didn’t. Liliana Rodriguez (my wife) and I brainstormed on designs to keep social distance while on the streets. We never prototyped them, but we should have done it.
Covid and the reality of Brexit: Sad events that marked last Christmas. This was my take on them.
I will always associate my memories of the pandemic with Trump’s hideous presidency and the nefarious premiership of B. Johnson. I decided to paint both of them, being careful of reflecting their true character and nature. I hope I was not too generous with them.