January 27, 2014

Recent Paintings

An interpretation of Tiepolo's 'Venus and Time'.

Collateral Damage, Oil on Canvas, 3ft X 2ft.

Busy skies over the holy land.

Against stupidity, the Gods themselves contend in vain.

An attempt at making sense of our crazy world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oil painting depicting Gods and mortals in an ever chaotic cycle.

The Kabuki theatre or cutting edge

Art School Hokey Cokey

 

 
The Art School cycle.

One giant step forwards, two giants steps back.

Surveyors with a thankless task.

 

One giant step forwards, two giants steps back.

Big blue shopping trolley

Blue Shopping Trolley

This is a small painting in acrylic, including some fluorescent colours. I am alluding to the ubiquitous archeology of waste that is gradually choking the planet to death. Perhaps consumer fatigue will save us from this slow suffocation of expiring in our effluent?


 

Letters

Letters

More experiments with beautiful rubbish.


 

Child of Prometheus diptych

Child of Prometheus diptych

This diptych explores the rise of the ‘geek’ or ‘the geek that will inherit the Earth’. Resonant of the Promethean legend, the figure stands alone on a craggy mountain top, the ‘eagles’ circle menacingly but the object of their attention isn’t Prometheus.


 

Superfluous man descending into the Abyss of Meaning

Descending into the Abyss of Meaning

This painting is a part of the superfluous man series, our legendary explorer slides into a a bottomless chasm in search of romantic adventure but instead finds the realm of subjectivity and disillusion. Increasingly I find that our political class seem to inhabit these fantastic realms of historical mythology. The press seems full of examples.


 

Superfluous man exploring the Caves of Longing

Exploring the Caves of Longing

Another superfluous old-school chap exploring a mysterious, hidden world. It is a gothic place with colossal ruination, the machines of a long dead imaginary Empire.


 

Myth Cycle, oil on canvas diptych

Myth Cycle

This diptych explores Man’s (and I probably do mean ‘the male’ here!) need for myth-making. The idea of wiping out the past as Isis is intent on doing is interestingly mirrored by the ‘realities-based communities’ term attributed to Karl Rove in 2004. The quote comes from a New York Times Magazine article by Ron Suskind called ‘Faith,Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush’. It exemplifies the hubris that seems to afflict leaders of all persuasions, but also points to a basic tribal mentality that needs to annihilate evidence of the ‘other’.


 

Out of Sight, Out of Mind. Oil on canvas diptych

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

This painting was made for an exhibition at UEL in the AVA Gallery curated by Richard Wilson entitled ‘River’. The oil painting is in a perhaps a homage to the River Lea as it was before the 2012 Olympic clear-up. A much improved environment, although I rather regret the loss of an important, and for me influential ‘terrains vague’ as the French say. The English translation is much more pejorative: ‘wasteland’.

The Loss Adjuster Cometh

And Lo The Loss Adjuster Cometh

This oil painting has gone through several states, and seems increasingly relevant as merry England (and Scotland) begin to disappear under increasingly frequent bouts of flooding.

The Alchemist

The Curious World of Academic Research

I started this painting about 2009-10 but only finished it in 2012. It is a complicated narrative and has a variety of influences. The main ones are Holbein’s painting of ‘Ambassadors’ in the National Gallery in London, although there is a strong influence of Joseph Wright of Derby (‘Experiment with an Air Pump’ and ‘The Alchemist’). It brings together my fascination with the mysterious rooms, full of exotic equipment that litter our University Campuses. A world of highly focussed (and probably slightly odd) people who conduct strange experiments in the pursuit of ‘knowledge’.

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