The simple explanation of this is that it's my attempt to make a pastiche of the El Greco of Christ casting the traders out of the Temple, which I've always loved for its passion. (He did more than one version of this painting, the one I like most is here, an earlier one here )
There is a slightly bonkers story also, in that I made the picture I believe a year or more before the first IRA bomb in the City, and it appears to have an oddly precognitive aspect in that I much later saw TV footage from the same spot (because it's a good place to put a tripod) with the same buildings and a pall of smoke going up behind them, struck me very much anyway.
Of course it's a picture of Mammon in disarray, the flames
are from the magazine version of a car ad of the period. I was telling
someone the story in a gallery once, described the ad as "that terrible
ad" and the person said, "oh, you know a friend of mine art-directed that
ad..." The Christ figure, on which I've very unusually done some retouching
to fix the 'rays', is called 'The Divine Mercy', the object of a sort
of Catholic cult of which my grandmother was fond. (see Sr. Faustina..).
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