This painting “Straw Dog’s” is named after the philosophy book "Straw Dogs - Thought on humans and other animals" by John Gray. It tackles humanism and how human beings are no masters over there own destiny any more than a Whale or Gorilla could be.
Humanism can be looked at as a new type of religion where people feel technology will be the saviour of mankind. The book reveals great misgivings on this type of thinking, showing how technology has mainly advanced the species through war and that we are still subject to the emotional demands of our evolution.
The painting shows a futuristic church in space with two angels laughing above its crucifix.
This painting was shortlisted for the John Moores Prize in 2006.
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