In creating this artwork I leaned on the Renaissance tradition of religious painting. In particular, I looked closely at Annibale Carracci, 'The Dead Christ Mourned, (The Three Maries)' and used it as a jumping board for this composition. 'The Death of a Courier' is a modern narrative figure composition that deals not with a religious subject, but an all too common occurrence. The death of a gig economy worker.
It's a painting that is unashamed in having a message about the value of human life, the everyday drama of needless death, the daily social murder that is commonplace. A food delivery worker's job is poorly paid, often on bogus 'self-employed' contracts. The pressure to work long hours to make ends meet, the pressure to quickly finish a job in order to start the next, doubtless leads to an increase in accidents. Dangerous and badly paid, the current pandemic reveals it's also an essential job.
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