‘One toot and yer oot’ as the Scottish saying goes. The subject of Scottish independence is very much in the air and this painting depicts a photo fit image of a proud Scotsman. The image has been created from multiple parts of different male faces with different scales and stages in the day to suggest an everyman with the common thread of patriotism regardless of the vote.
The original image could be a depiction to promote fashion, perfume, a watch; the list goes on. Images of unattainable luxury have always been inherently involved in advertising. The final image Jody creates has been deconstructed and ripped apart and then put back together again to expose the hidden ugliness of corporate greed.
The world of advertising and religious iconography has influenced Jody in many of his paintings and this particular one has an air of the surreal whilst grounded firmly in reality. The layers and jigsaw nature of this work suggests all is not what it seems and the glimpses of text adds to the mystery and intent.
Religious imagery and influence have been replaced in modern society with self-obsession, celebrity and greed. This painting illustrates Man from the dawn of time till modern day. The 3D red and green glasses is a nod to the fact that today we are promised everything to be bigger brighter and better, the clearer we see the more we lose of ourselves.