My interpretation of the wonderfully British Paddington Bear! What we see sadly is a heart-breaking image of the little bear down and out, sat in a stairwell looking lonely and lost, desperate for his Aunt Lucy. How could this now be his existence after being surrounded by so much love, intrigue and comfort?
All good things have to come to an end don’t they? Is this self-inflicted or caused by another? You’ll notice his upturned hat that has caught the generosity and pity of strangers on hearing Paddington play a little tune on his trumpet, a gift from Uncle Pastuzo. Is he trying to collect money for Marmalade or simply for the postage for his letter to Aunt? There are subtle details surrounding his case that remind you that he is just a boy, scrawled letters that pour light onto his troubles and frustration.
The lovely quality with this piece is that it is open-ended leaving you to decide on the reasons and also what is in that letter. As with my way of working there is always hope and in this case you can see this shining towards the little man from out of view, look a little harder and there is a subtle detail that might change things completely. My intention along with creating an authentic piece that fans of Paddington will love is to make you think, to consider who the person was and could / should be if given a helping hand towards recovery, one step at a time.