Photorealist painting - Byzantium Security

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

Availability: For sale $500.

The story behind Byzantium Security

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

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 ever ‘signed’ by the artist. Look at the top right-hand corner, and you will see the original name of Bert Ernie – 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