At heart, Frew is a dedicated painter (in a traditional sense). In this piece he has used painting itself as the subject matter by depicting pre-existing oil paintings he has already painted; this has been done in a fairly traditional and illusionistic way. By doing this, his work as a whole reforms itself, whilst questioning the nature of an original and replicated image. As he has used photographic sources to create his paintings (subtly alluded to be the horizontal white bandings at the top and bottom of the work) Frew extends the following questions to the viewer: is this a painting of a painting? Or a painting of a photograph of a painting? These questions are intended to be deliberately confusing and somewhat humorous.
Original oil on canvas.
This canvas is flat, un-stretched and pinned to the wall.