by John Keane
oil on inkjet printed cotton mounted on canvas, 2005
45 1/4 in. x 37 7/8 in. (1150 mm x 963 mm)
Sitterback to top
- William ('Bill') Morris, Baron Morris of Handsworth (1938-), Trade Unionist. Sitter in 4 portraits.
This portraitback to top
In his portrait of Bill Morris we see the development of Keane's practice from this earlier work in the combination of a digitally printed background with a painterly three quarter portrait, a stylistic approach he recently employed in a recent portrait of a farmer from a series addressing the political situation in Gaza and the West Bank. Bill Morris is shown standing outside Transport House in Holborn, the headquarters of the Transport and General Workers Union. His open collar suggests a departure from his previous official position and an informality and humanism in keeping with his personality and tireless work as an advocate and spokesman for workers. The crisp but uncharacteristic blue of the London sky refers to a Caribbean light, evoking a sense of place that is of great importance to the sitter.
Placesback to top
- Place portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (Transport House, Holborn, London)
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Recent commissions and acquisitions (20 July 2005 - 25 September 2005)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 2005back to top
Current affairsLondon suffers its worst bomb attack since the Second World War when four devices are detonated during rush hour on public transport. Three of the bombs went off on tube trains, and one on a bus killing 56 people and injuring 700. A Leeds-based terror cell of British born or raised Islamic extremists committed the attacks.
John Sentamu becomes the first black Archbishop of the Church of England.
Art and scienceAs part of the international Make Poverty History campaign, ten Live 8 concerts are held simultaneously around the world to coincide with the meeting of the G8 and persuade the world's richest countries to 'drop the debt' owed by the world's poorest countries, increase aid to the world's poorest people and negotiate fairer international trade rules.
International1,836 die in America as a result of Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding. The hurricane was the most costly in US history and one of the most deadly. It caused the levees of Lake Pontchartrain to break, which flooded 80% of New Orleans. About one million people evacuated the city while 25,000 stayed behind, many taking refuge in the city's Superdome.
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