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big big
big big
acrylic on paper
1983

finsbury park early work still my
state of mind some would say
very big big

I used to live at the time next to a
cypriot turk Ali, his room was
always black dark had nothing in it
but a big rubbish bag full of cans
of special carlsberg and b&h fag
stubs. It was a very big bag
hundreds of cans and fags
years worth, maybe this was
the bag.It was lit by a single
plain bulb directly over the bag.
That was it.
Happily he returned to cyprus
to grow tomatoes for his dad.

Alcohol and fags are shit, I
used to sell cigarettes and
looking back see it was
karma, what happened
in the blood.

Painted Finsbury Park,
London in the room next
to Ali.

painting copyright phil whiteley