This painting depicts a lone figure against an urban backdrop. The stark color palette suggests the inverted hues of a photographic negative, a recurring concept for the artist. Kirkham's work is painted mostly from the imagination and draws from a mixture of fantasy and reality, avoiding the use of models or reference photographs.
Michael Kirkham’s paintings depict environments populated by figures drawn from both his imagination and memory. He chooses to work without any models or references, including photographs, so as to create a space specific to painting. The results are frequently strange—compositions that embrace distortion while deliberately disregarding the “real world” and image reproduction technologies.