Large - 73x103x3cm Mixed Media on Wood
This painting was inspired by the Pride Flag. I realized my sexuality at a very young age and I still remember living my life in a general sense of lost and loneliness. Seeing the Pride Flag and all the rainbow colours for the first time in my life made me realize that I was not alone. For me, it was a powerful moment of hope and belonging and I wanted to carry this feeling forward by painting this piece.
Utopia is probably my most ambitious piece to date with essentially two paintings combined into one. I wanted to stay true to the colours of the Pride Flag, but also add my own Vinnion flare to it. Normally, you'll be able to see the true colours of the rainbow but once under the light, Utopia comes to life with a cascade of shimmers and radiant hues.
I've learned in my life so far that love should be boundless. The Pride Flag doesn't just support the LGBT community but for all that is diverse. If all the colours of the spectrum can be put together to create happiness, then why can't we do the same with our own differences?