"Bull I," mixed media on canvas, 72 x 101 in, (1.8 x 2.5m) 1992-93
       
     
"Bull III," mixed media on canvas, 77 x 100 in (1.9 x 2.54m) 1994-2014
       
     
"Bullfight," felt tip pens, 12 x 16 in, Damian Elwes
       
     
"Bull XII," mixed media on canvas 71 x 90 inches (1.8 x 2.29 m) 2005-2014, Damian Elwes
       
     
 The bull paintings usually take many years to complete. I always keep one on the wall of my studio and each night I apply the left over paint from my palette.
       
     
"Bull I," mixed media on canvas, 72 x 101 in, (1.8 x 2.5m) 1992-93
       
     
"Bull I," mixed media on canvas, 72 x 101 in, (1.8 x 2.5m) 1992-93

Each year, I start a new bull painting with my children and their friends. 

"Bull III," mixed media on canvas, 77 x 100 in (1.9 x 2.54m) 1994-2014
       
     
"Bull III," mixed media on canvas, 77 x 100 in (1.9 x 2.54m) 1994-2014

For me, painting a bull is also about facing fears because I was almost killed by a Spanish fighting bull when I was nine years old. The bull paintings usually take many years to complete.

"Bullfight," felt tip pens, 12 x 16 in, Damian Elwes
       
     
"Bullfight," felt tip pens, 12 x 16 in, Damian Elwes

I made this artwork a few weeks after being gored during a Spanish fiesta. 

"Bull XII," mixed media on canvas 71 x 90 inches (1.8 x 2.29 m) 2005-2014, Damian Elwes
       
     
"Bull XII," mixed media on canvas 71 x 90 inches (1.8 x 2.29 m) 2005-2014, Damian Elwes

My father and grandfather were both painters. Painting is something that has been handed down from generation to generation. When I make a bull painting, I feel a connection with the early cave painters.

I also feel for the bull and try to see the world through his eyes.

 The bull paintings usually take many years to complete. I always keep one on the wall of my studio and each night I apply the left over paint from my palette.
       
     

The bull paintings usually take many years to complete. I always keep one on the wall of my studio and each night I apply the left over paint from my palette.