Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Quinceanero no3

In parts of Latin American culture, when a boy turns 15 he marks his transition to adulthood by celebrating his quince años. Part of the joy of this event is that he gets to wear the most beautiful dress he’s ever seen.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Gendertypes - the breadwinner and the househusband

The breadwinner

Among (heterosexual) couples it is normally the woman who goes to work and earns money, while the man stays at home. It's the woman who controls the household income and makes the financial decisions – no wonder she's the dominant partner.

The househusband

While the woman works, the role of the man is to stay at home to cook, clean and raise children.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Gendertypes - the DIY ditz and the handywoman

The DIY ditz

It’s a well-known fact that the male of the species is hopeless at DIY. Goodness knows what havoc will ensue if he tries to fix anything – he’s more likely to tangle himself up in his tape measure than achieve anything useful.

The handywoman

Women are famous for their practicality and know-how. They just seem to get how stuff works. If a tap is dripping, a boiler has broken down, or a car won’t start, you’ll need a woman to fix it.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Gendertypes - the CEO and the secretary

Two more gendertypes.


Only women are considered fit for top jobs, and the business world is no exception. The CEO is famously brash, pushy, and unsentimental, exploiting workers with a ruthlessness that leaves her laughing all the way to her bloated bank account.

The secretary

One of the most familiar workplace roles for men is secretarial. Busy, important women across the country enjoy having some eye candy on call to make the coffee. The male secretary is a familliar type: the short skirt, the satiny blouse, and that slightly dazed look that comes on when a task gets a little more complicated than varnishing his nails.

Friday, 3 October 2014


I’m launching a series that I will call Gendertypes. Here are the first two paintings.

The ballet boy

It is a stereotype about boys that they love ballet. Perhaps it’s the graceful movements and the romantic stories of the classics that attract them. Or perhaps they just love wearing a frothy tutu?

The football girl

Girls of course are all about mud, sweat and tears, and the rough and tumble of competitive sports. No surprise then that football is a girl’s game.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Kenny doll prom

Kenny is one of the most popular dolls for little boys. The main reason is that you can dress him up in a wide variety of outfits. Here is one of the popular ones. Also featuring his high-earning entrepeneur girlfriend Barbara.