NICK HAIS ‘Les Demoiselles d’Arles’ 22 x 32 in / 56 x 81 cm    Acrylic on Canvas   2015
An intricate pattern with strongly defined cast shadows provides the opportunity to  develop a composition of energetic balance and structure in an arrangement of  interlocking colours and shapes. The dynamic of the grille and the shadows behind  contrast with each other in a fixed shallow space. There are many different ways of  approaching this painting and it has several alternative titles, including: - ‘L’Arlesiennes’,  ‘Pan’s People’, ‘The Male Gaze’, ‘The Hookers’, ‘The Stepford Wives’, ‘The Statue in the  Park’ and '#MeToo'; which give different options for relating to the subject-matter.