Following from the success of Scratching the surface, joining
the dots which served as a response to the Leveson and Chilcot
inquiries. John Keane's new series Fear sees his attention turned
to the Moscow show trials that took place during the great
Stalinist terror of the 1930's.
Keane uses source material obtained both from documentary film
grabs of the trials and mug shots of the accused. These large-scale
works emanate a dark and eerie menace. At this time no one, from
the top of the Bolshevik hierarchy to the humble factory worker,
was safe from denunciation as either saboteur or political deviant.
In remembrance, these paintings resurrect the core emotion of those
on trial. They seek to tease out the essence of the most
fundamental driver of human reaction, usually found at the root of
all violence - fear.