60x80CM - 2019. Acrylic, markers, pastels and spray-paint on cotton.

Drake, a Canadian misfit with an Afro-American catholic father and a Jewish mother. From child-actor to best selling rapper or our time. What hides behind the babyface of this non-stereotypical icon?

In the song “God’s Plan” Drake describes his own path to the place he has found himself in. He claims his succes as Gods plan, the embodiment of the holy. The holy spirit is the part of the holy trinity of God which is spiritually active on earth.
With the lyrics “Might go down as G.O.D.” Drake lays his claim on immortality, and raises himself up to a higher plain of existence.

By clever control of how the media portrays him, the world sees a polished image of a contemporary saint with a rough edge. The confident rapper and at the same time the man who shares his own money to improve the lives of others.

Apostles

This painting is part of the Apostles series.
This series of paintings titled ‘Apostles’ combines history with contemporary portraits. Religious works from art history are used as a starting point to inform the rest of the painting. Through color, shape and subject they are brought into current day.

It shows a reflection of some of the driving forced behind society, and how that relates to our past.
The body of work asks the question:

How human are today’s gods?