Drop Dead, Gorgeous

 

Here is an grisly painting of a man who had just been stabbed. I planned it out before painting it and had to take a photograph of myself on the floor. I don't think I'd like to have it hanging on my wall but I lose interest in my paintings once they're finished anyway (I see them once a month when I go up into the attic to stop them all sticking to one another.)

 

Where did the idea come from? I like all those crime programmes that like Crimes That Shocked The Nation and Real Crime that summarise some of the well-known crimes in British recent years. Many happened in the seventies when I was a boy and but I was about 30 I can remember eating my tea in the evenings and watching the stabbing of Lee Harvey unfold on the news.

 

Bar maid Tracie Andrews stabbed her fiancé bus driver Lee Harvey with a pen knife in a pique of jealousy. The aspiring model and her fiancé were driving on a country road back to their flat in Alvechurch in Worcestershire in the early hours on 1st December 1996. Both these attractive people (who each had a child) had been drawn to one another but were both were of a jealous volatile disposition. Explosive arguments were common however that night Tracie lost control and stabbed Lee a total 42 times. After stabbing 10 or 15 times blood was gushing but she kept stabbing until the white heat of jealousy cooled.

 

I can remember the story being on The 6, o, Clock News most evenings. A distraught Tracie appeared at a press conference claiming a "fat man with staring eyes" had stabbed her fiancé in a road rage incident and then disappeared. For two weeks police tried to track the murderer down. Under much pressure Tracie took an overdose and was taken to hospital. It was here suspicious police detectives first questioned her about the murder. They charged her soon after she'd been discharged from hospital.

 

She was found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court on 29th July 1997 and sentenced to life imprisonment. She claimed she was a victim of a miscarriage of justice due to the circus of publicity around the court case. Two years later she admitted there was no mysterious road rage incident and that she had stabbed her fiancé to death in self-defence.

 

In prison she changed her looks and name and had lesbian relationships. In November 2009 she underwent an operation to correct her bottom jaw from protruding further than her top jaw. She was released in July 2011 after fourteen years in prison and has since got married (there's a book Pure Evil: How Tracie Andrews Murdered My Son.)

 

If you want to learn more about the murder please go here...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS-mX5fq858

 

If you want to buy the painting its £30,000

 

 

 

Sam doesn’t look impressed…

 

Looking at my pop whacking golf balls…

 

Templeton Peck of the A Team doesn’t look impressed either (note face on screen)…

 

 

About to paint the knife…

 

 

Looking at photos of Tracie Andrew and Lee Harvey which (probably) subconsciously inspired this painting…