"He’s there for advice just don’t ask him for any." - Pete McKee
Created for Pete's 2022 Don't Adjust Your Mindset exhibition this work features a disgruntled employee who has recently take on a new job because his state pension is not enough to live on. The apron echoes those worn in B&Q, a company known for employing older people.
Pete describes the background as “Rembrandt brown”, referencing Rembrandt’s famous self-portraits by creating a similar backdrop. Rembrandt painted self-portraits up until the age of sixty-three, depicting himself in a dignified manner, meeting the viewer’s gaze. “Jack” also looks directly at the viewer, yet the sentiment differs as he cannot hide his dissatisfaction. His stiff pose for this portrait references the mandatory staff photographs taken in large companies.
“Of course there are plenty of people out there who want to continue working after the retirement age, even if they don’t have to. However, some don’t have a choice either way because they will never be able to save enough to enable themselves to fully retire when they get their pension.”
Unframed Art Print:
Small: 40cm x 56cm
Large: 50cm x 70cm
Printed on high-quality paper with a 5cm white border.
Delivery in 3 - 5 days
Collection in-store within 1 - 4 days
Framed Art Print:
Small: 43cm x 59cm (approx)
Large: 53cm x 73cm (approx)
Mounted in a bespoke glass, black angled frame by our local framer.
Waiting time: 7-10 days; additional 2-3 days for delivery.
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