The seductive and gritty elements of hardboiled detective novels are all present in these Laurie J. Proud paintings, but don’t expect to see anyone resembling a normal human being in these works of art. The East Sussex-based illustrator is well-known for depicting people with exaggerated proportions and facial features, so when it came time to render sultry secretaries or broody boxers, it was only natural to expect a collection of caricatures from Proud. Despite this, however, viewers are more prone to feel unease than to laugh while staring at these images, as the mood Proud invokes in his paintings is very much as thrilling as a Raymond Chandler or a James M. Cain novel.
In addition to these paintings, Laurie J. Proud is also an accomplished comic book artist and writer, having over half a dozen works to his name.