Rake’s Progress by Jake Snellin

Four nice images here from the ever talented Snellin Jnr. It doesn’t have a collective title as far as I’m aware but they are loosely influenced by a series of paintings by William Hogarth entitled A Rake’s Progress. David Hockney also interpreted the narrative paintings depicting the downfall of one man from riches and prosperity to alcoholism, debauchery and ultimately poverty.

Jake’s are altogether more contemporary, although they do have echoes of the themes in Hogarth’s original work. From winning the lottery, stress and the lure of booze, they’re well observed and beautifully coloured. It’s a different style from the last stuff I saw from him which had a more juvenile quality to it, this time it’s all lines and angles and composition which is a really interesting and cool approach to this idea.



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