Title: The Balloon Seller, painted in 2011 in Dubai, size 160cm x 160cm, price 800 euros

He was standing in an enormous marquee, under a large and very bright crystal chandelier.

Iíve compressed everything - space, colour, intensity.

It was the man himself that interested me. The Disney balloons, for all their neon exuberance, could not efface his sadness.

Though filled with a gas lighter than air, they would never lift his weight.