Expert at elevating the everyday and banal to an art form, Neate’s ‘MAKING BAKED BEANS ON TOAST’ uses a wealth of techniques combined with symbolism to create an important breakthrough painting.
The composition leads you from the top left hand corner with the spread butter drawing one’s eye along the work surface towards the figure, a distracted man going through the motions of preparing food. The blue hand reaches into the cold fridge, the red hand considering a takeaway..
Meanwhile the collaged baked beans sit motionless in the saucepan on the hob.
As in this painting, Neate frequently uses isometric perspective, a method of visually representing three-dimensional objects in two dimensions, a technique often used in video games.