three oncologists

Seen on the same trip to The National Gallery of Scotland, is the group portrait by one of Scotland’s greatest living artists, Ken Currie.  It’s not just the style of the painting that creeped my mum out, the choice of red used in the painting looks like clotting blood.  In the creation of the painting, the artist was trying to portray the three medical professionals as heroes tackling a terror about which we perhaps have the greatest fear: cancer.  Surrounded by martial images of fat blokes in tight corsets who were of a class that could not only afford to commission portraits of themselves but order men from the lower classes to do the actual fighting for them, this portrait really stands out as an epic when viewed in spooky reality.