The Homeless Man

This piece painted with acrylic on canvas, is inspired by the homeless that can be seen more and more on the streets of Scotland. Underneath the rugged appearance, this figure hidden by shadow, shares his possession. I wanted to capitalise on the idea that those with the least give the most. The possession the man holds is bread which evokes religious connotations. When you go to church, you are offered the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, in the shape of bread and wine. As one may notice the bread is in parts painted using a purple/ red colour to symbolise the body and blood of Jesus. There is also a yellow golden colour used throughout to highlight the divine aspect of God.

I wanted to highlight that while many may go to church and pray to God, they ignore acts of kindness and often demonise the homeless as dangerous and dirty. The deep blue oversized eyes portray the conviction of this character.

Painted during the run up to Christmas in which there is much celebration and the idea of giving is emphasised. This painting may act as a reminder to people that it is not about what or how much we give but the act of giving itself.

"It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving" - Mother Teresa

The artist of this work, Calum Ferry, is currently studying Spanish and Business at the University of Edinburgh.