Oil on Canvas, 174 cm x 159 cm (68.5 inches x 62.5 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.
'Transfer of Power' is a lyrical discourse about a world which feels like it is slipping away into fractured discombobulation. Continuing Dowdeswell's 'Moral Expressionism' series, this large scale oil painting depicts a charade-like pantomime of fictional characters going about their daily lives as the world they live in crumbles around them.
Lines of faceless commuters with red briefcases snake in and out of the canvas. Ghost-like faces stare out from the picture; the artist having reduced their senses to one simple orifice; one hole to see with, to eat with, to smell with. Have we all really become such simple, base creatures? The action is punctuated by thick swirls of impasto colour, abstract limbs and shadowy outlines.
With his peripheral subconscious this is how the artist interprets his world. As people and scenery and stories whizz pass him in reality and in social media feeds how do we make sense of that which unfurls around us ?"