Wednesday, 23 August 2017

The Surreal Last Supper

This is a painting I was recently commissioned to do. It took me about six weeks to complete. That is a long time. I usually like to finish a work in one or two sessions. I like to work on my painting at night and into the wee small hours. This disturbs my sleep patterns which are always quite erratic anyway. Perhaps this is what caused the strange mood I spoke about in my last post? Anyway, I am much improved today.

I hope this painting doesn't cause offence. I have called it, 'The Surreal Last Supper. Painted on plyboard. It measures 60in x 30in.

The man who commissioned this work had only one stipulation: That he should appear in it. That is him playing the double bass. In reality he plays bass guitar but I changed it. He is a Scotsman and the mountains you can see are Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands. I will leave all the other symbolism for you to decipher. He was very pleased with the finished painting I am pleased to say.

Please click on the photos to enlarge them.


  1. So glad you've come out of the doldrums. The painting is great, suits me fine although I could see that people of certain religious leanings might fine it offensive, if you know what I mean.
    You need a bit of a sense of humour to appreciate it, its wonderful

  2. I love the sacrilege and irreverence. You took an iconic scene and made it your own. This is fantastic. And now I finally know where Waldo is.

  3. I think your painting is absolutely wonderful - extremely unique and original. And humorous.

    I've been blogging long enough to know that nowadays EVERYBODY is offended by EVERYTHING. Some people find me offensive even when I don't try.....

  4. John, I'm so delighted with this painting! You've brought gentle humor to an iconic scene. I suspect Jesus would approve.

  5. I love it, John. You are inspired, did you know that? I am also pleased that the doldrums have passed or are passing. Keep up the good work.

  6. Love it! You even let Waldo wander into the painting. How clever, Great job!!!