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Spring 2018 sees the release of two new pieces by JJ Adams in his long running 'Rule Britannia' series. These works are full of the quirky details and hidden references beloved by JJ fans. In conjunction with the release JJ has written about the inspiration behind these works.
This piece was a private commission for Scottish award-winning Chef, Adam Handling to be the main wall feature at his latest restaurant, recently opened in Covent Garden, London.
The artwork is a play on the painting “The son of man” by Rene Magritte and a mash-up on the biblical Adam and the apple and set in the hustle & bustle of one of West London’s most famous locations.
It’s setting is focused within Piccadilly Circus, where I stayed in a hotel on first returning to the UK from Cape Town in 1998. The graffiti on the building covered by scaffolding states “This used to be a hotel” which used to be The Regent Palace Hotel. I have also put up boards over the location of Tower Records, a store I loved visiting in my youth.
This piece features the open window featured in many of my other Rule Britannia pieces as well as the same phone box and the briefcase from “Plebgate” and the Polling station sign as a nod of continuity to the series that I have taken so much enjoyment from developing over the past 3-4 years.
The lions have made their way from Trafalgar Square, taking on board the concept from my piece “Nelsons Column” and one of them is standing on a soap box voicing his own timeless opinions.
The overall theme plays on the ideas and relationships between old and new and the incurring battles between the two.
Wunch of Bankers
This was a privately commissioned piece from 2017, now being released as a limited-edition print.
The title is a satirical / ironic play on words
The idea behind the piece is highlighting the generalisation of the public perception of corruption within the banking system, the greed and commentary on the bonus system banks have, austerity & money in general as well as fear factor predictions on the financial markets due to the impending fall out of Brexit.
In this scene, the police are arresting and chasing down bankers while the bankers are running riot and destroying evidence.
It takes place at the Bank of England in Bank, London.
The Police van source image is taken from a genuine photograph from the Croydon Riots in 2011
The graffiti inclusions are derived from my own reflections on general consensus, expressing the tone of the current political & financial climate. Tags such as, “Without money we’d all be rich” and “The government lies, the banks steal, the rich laugh” are on view for all to see.
The statue with the traffic-cone on its head is a play on “The Duke of Wellington” statue that is found in Glasgow.