Paintings from an Espionage insider10:15 AM
Waiting in the hotel room by James Hart Dyke
Even though I am a sucker for all things James Bond, I am less than excited about the new Bond movie, Skyfall. (True story: today I eagerly checked Youtube for Skyfall's trailer just to realize I had already seen it weeks before - talk about lasting impression).
Meeting an agent by James Hart Dyke
This is why I was fascinated by James Hart Dyke's series of paintings entitled "A Year with the MI6".
In 2009, the centenary year of MI6, Dyke was invited by the British Secret Intelligence Service to depict the secret world of espionage. According to Dyke, "the pictures represented an outsider’s unique interpretation of an existence that, for those who work in SIS [Secret Intelligence Service], can often be dangerous and surreal".
Agent giving information to SIS officer by James Hart Dyke
The paintings are incredible, because they seem to have a balance between the insider's and the outsider's point of view.
The insider knows that an agent's job is more boring and less glamorous than what we see in movies (they have meetings, they exchange information etc).
The outsider thinks spies date a lot of gorgeous women, break the law all the time, get involved in car/airplane/boat chases because most of the information he has of spies comes from movies and books. And the paintings are, as Flavorwire described them, "shadowy". They are dark and blurry just like the world of espionage is to us - we never really know what goes on there.
Espionage by James Hart Dyke
Maybe Daniel Craig's jaded eyes are closer to life than Pierce Brosnan's suave charm.
You can check all paintings in the artist's website.
What do you think of Dyke's paintings? (In a related topic: Are you excited by the new James Bond movie?)