Dishy Rishi: Eat out to Help Nowt (2022) (Print)
Giclee prints on 300gsm matt photo rag paper
Hand-signed and numbered by the artist in pencil and embossed
Limited edition of 100
29.7 x 42 cm
Restaurants, cafes and pubs claimed more than £849m through the government’s
month-long “eat out to help out” scheme. The scheme has cost the Treasury over two-
thirds more than the £500m Rishi Sunak set aside for it in the July mini-budget. A study from the University of Warwick suggested that eating out to help out could have directly caused a sixth of new coronavirus case clusters over the summer, a claim rejected by the Treasury.
Inflation (at the time of painting) currently stands at 5.4%, energy prices spiral out of control, and supermarkets pass on the rise in food prices to the consumer. Food bank use has been at its highest since the pandemic started. Not to mention the withdrawal of the universal credit £20 uplift and the 1% national insurance increase - Where’s your magic money tree disappeared to Rishi?
Adam Hayley aka.AD13:. (b1984 Stockport UK) graduated from the University of Salford in 2008 with First Class Honours. He attended Edge Hill University to obtain his PGCE and is currently the Head of Art at Cheadle Hulme School, Stockport. In 2008 he won the Mooch Artist of the Year Prize judged by Peter Saville and Wayne Hemingway, subsequently being commissioned to paint Wayne’s portrait. After an interview on the XFM breakfast show in 2009, Adam was commissioned to paint the portrait of Mancunian legend Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets), with Clint commenting, “this guy’s
work is genius!”. In 2022 he was shortlisted for the ‘People’s Choice Award’ at the Stockport Open competition with his painting of Boris Johnson on a pan entitled ‘The Great Panhandler Claps for Carers’. Visitors were encouraged to clap for carers whilst simultaneously hitting Boris in the face with a wooden spoon.
Adam’s work explores the context surrounding Britishness, stereotypes and how we identify with our British identity (or his perceived lack of it). Through humour, his current and predominant focus is upon politics and documenting ‘The State of It’. This body of work aims to document the key political moments of the 2020s as we navigate the subsequent carnage and tumult of post-pandemic Britain. The evolution of international politics, the threat to western democracy, and the loosening of state regulation against the roaring backdrop of social media and mainstream commentary.
In a highly polarised and populist governed world, his work aims to seek both sides of the story and find the common ground in the argument. Sometimes it simply aims to call out the bad stuff. Adam believes that the future hinges on finding balance and carefully negotiated compromise. Will our politicians let this happen?
The next decade promises to be a truly defining period in this century, and through this work, he hopes to document a small perspective of it. Failing that, it’ll gather dust in his attic.
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