In partnership with The Other Art Fair and taking place at the Old Truman Brewery, the Unmissable exhibition will feature portraits of missing loved ones as interpreted by renowned artists.
Missing People and curator Ben Moore are producing a unique exhibition featuring emerging and established artists to raise awareness of missing people.
For my portrait I was given a list of names and became drawn to Andrew Gosden who disappeared at the age of 14 on 14 September 2007. After pretending to go to school in Doncaster, he returned to his family home, got changed into a Slipknot t-shirt, withdrew £200 from his bank account and took a train to London.
Andrew is a few years younger than me and I would imagine we shared many similar cultural influences, I can relate to being the age of 14 and listening to rock music like Slipknot and Marilyn Manson. For my source image I choose to use a picture of Andrew taken a few years prior to his disappearance, in a sense, the innocence of early teen years is what I hoped to convey in the portrait.
While painting Andrew I was struck by many questions; who was he? What did he think about? And of course where is he now? The desperate tale of Andrew’s last sighting at King’s Cross station, in the heart of the overwhelming metropolis of London, became a source of inspiration for the portrait that I have gone on to produce.
Thank you to Kevin and his family for their support.
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