Things to think about and make
How does looking at this painting make you feel? Why? What do you think Thomas is looking at? Describe the expression on his face.
What evidence do you see of a traditional oil painting style this in the painting? What evidence shows that it is a contemporary portrait?
List the objects in the painting and suggest who might live in this room.
Imagine Thomas is acting a scene from a movie. Write a short story about how the character came to be in this room. Include the significance of some of the items in the room.
Using the short story you have written, create a storyboard. If possible, make a film, using this storyboard to guide you through each sequence. Consider the setting of the film and appropriate props. Ask friends or family to be the actors.