In order to create this painting, I had to get pig head references. Fortunately, in New York the butcher’s shop on 7th street in the East Village could provide me with some. Painting dead animals from life is insightful, and reminds you that something has to die in order for us to eat. It is a conflict I personally struggle with.
The making of Ham Baby – Butches’s Feast II, was documented through a series of time-lapses, and serves as a way of showing some of my technical process. The first version on this subject matter, The Butcher’s Feast I, was painted in 2011.