A young Tony Blair entered office on a 'ticket' of 'New' Labour. Pete has represented this with the word 'New' superimposed on a background of zigzag shapes which in turn represent the 'Pop Art' like graphics associated with the soap powder- 'POW' squeaky clean. He chose this youthful looking face of Tony Blair as it seemed synonymous with the naive new wave in politics, giving the impression of a sympathetic, caring, concerned government. His face is proud, chin up and shoulders back, his eyes staring into a distant goal. The red stamps represent red Labour, warm colours for a warm new era. The red rose logo running diagonally through the design surmounts the neck tie made from spring flowers indicating a new year, new term, new future. The rose almost reeks of hope, its form and beauty contradicting the stem of thorns along the way.
213cm x 213cm ( 84"x 84" ) on paper. Created from 13,000 used postage stamps.