Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 152.5cm x 122cm (60” x 48”)
Both Abdulai and Mohammed worked at the Connaught Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Abdulai was a nurse and Mohammed was a hygienist on site. Abdulai contracted ebola while treating ebola patients during the outbreak in West Africa in 2014/2015. Mohammed thankfully didn’t. Along with them I met, interviewed and subsequently painted 40 people who had either contracted ebola and survived or who were involved in the effort to control the outbreak; these included doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers, mortuary workers and grave diggers. The resulting exhibition ‘Faces of Ebola’ was shown at the Mall Galleries in November 2016, helping to highlight the stigmatisation that these individuals were subjected to after the outbreak.
Mohammed, hygienist, Connaught Hospital, Sierra Leone by Tim Benson
Educated at Glasgow School of Art and Byam Shaw School of Art from 1998-2001, contemporary artist Tim Benson has received recognition with his election as President of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. As a practised figurative artist Tim not only creates a distinguishable likeness of a subject but moreover evokes the sitter’s character and mood. He is never satisfied with simple representation, rather concentrating on bringing to his work an emotive and often visceral quality.