Byzantium Security

A painting based on an image from social media

Photorealist painting - Byzantium Security
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A quickly dashed off painting that makes little attempt to impress the viewer with painterly skills.

  • A low reolution image means I had to improvise when painting the faces.
  • Quite thin application of paint with the yellowish MDF board is visible at the edges of some forms.
  • Conceptual photorealism at its finest.


Dimensions: 47x70cm.
Painted: 2013.
Materials: Acrylic on MDF board.

Availability: For sale $400.

The story behind Byzantium Security

This image was sourced from a relatively low-resolution image which popped up on the internet. It is such a profound image I managed to complete the painting within two weeks of its first appearance on Twitter. It speaks volumes for the state of the capitalist world.

It soon became apparent that the Byzantium security advertisement was for a TV show about spies. Regardless this is another of my political paintings which are primarily conceptual as well as realistic.

The idea of the wealthiest 1% being the only people that matter is genuinely offensive for an anarchist.

Note: This is the only painting I have ever signed. Look at the top right-hand corner, and you see my birth name – Mark Russell.

Photorealist painting - Byzantium Security - Detail 1
Photorealist painting – Byzantium Security – Detail 1
Photorealist painting - Byzantium Security - Detail 2
Photorealist painting – Byzantium Security – Detail 2
Photorealist painting - Byzantium Security - Source image
Photorealist painting – Byzantium Security – Source image

Although this painting is to be sold unframed this is what it could look like. It is shown for a better understanding of its size and presence.

Photorealist painting - Byzantium security - Wall mockup
Photorealist painting – Byzantium security – Wall mockup

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