Oil on Canvas, 141 cm x 166 cm (55.5 inches x 65.5 inches), 2020.
Thomas : "This painting forms part of my 'Moral Expressionism' series. They are a Surrealist, Expressionist, Figurative extension of 'The American Series' and are an attempt to digest the dislocation and moral breakdown which seems to be engulfing people and eclipsing once-rational discourse.
The milieu of modern life is confusing and disorientating with flashed headlines replacing ones which we have only just began to process. Society is in flux with traditional democratic institutions and ways of life threatened or in the process of being destroyed.
In 'How to Live a Meaningful and Healthy Life...' I have placed two abstract central figures in the centre of the canvas while the chaotic lives of other play out around their embrace. Lines of commuters interact with beer-bellied hooligans. Breasts, feet and limbs jut out and across the canvas; figures are constructed with fleshy blobs of paint. Other faces stare at proceedings, their faces reduced to one simple orifice - a hole for seeing, consuming, eating - simple and cell like; humans reduced to their most stupid, banal form.
These forms and this story are reflections of the fear for the direction of society; disappointment at the split being created in society between cultures and socio-economic groups..."