This painting's shadowy composition offers a look at one of the darker aspects of human life, forcing viewers to confront an uncomfortable everyday reality. Kirkham's work is painted mostly from the imagination – he avoids using models or photographs – and draws from a mixture of fantasy and reality.
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.