The Family

"The Family" 2015 Gouache on paper

“The Family” 2015 Gouache on paper

In recent months I have concentrated on a series of works on paper on the theme of a family group. This is a theme that has been explored by many artists and I am particularly drawn to the images of Henry Moore during his “bomb shelter” era. I used my own family as a reference, assembling them to make a tableaux then expanding on basic this configuration to explore distortion and other structural variations.

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Most of these works began as a simple monotype line drawing, and were taken in different directions using gouache, ink and pastel.

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THE QUEUE

'THE QUEUE' Mixed media on paper 80 x 70 cm

‘THE QUEUE’ Mixed media on paper 80 x 70 cm

There is no queue when you run for your life…

"Crowded" 2015 Gouache  and oil on paper 50 x 50 cm

“Crowded” 2015 Gouache and oil on paper 50 x 50 cm

"Boat" 2015 650 x 60 cm Mixed media on paper

“Boat” 2015 650 x 60 cm Mixed media on paper

More Garden Images

"Cat in the grass" 2015 Acrylic on canvas 80 x 65 cm

“Cat in the grass” 2015 Acrylic on canvas 80 x 65 cm

Even in the minute wilderness in the corner of a modest backyard, there is a certain adventure to be had. Finding creatures that wiggle and squirm under a rock, sticks; stones and dirt that mimic an avalanche; leaves and vines that could be the terrain of a strange new world. A child’s garden is a place where imagination takes refuge, where games find a stage, and where time is strangled by inextricable creepers.

"Child's Garden" 2015 64 x 70cm

“Child’s Garden” 2015 64 x 70cm

"Child's Garden" Mixed media on paper 64 x 70 cm

“Child’s Garden” Mixed media on paper 64 x 70 cm

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Lifestyle Choice

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See the ink to this article…

http://www.smh.com.au/national/tony-abbotts-lifestyle-choice-remark-leaves-everyone-hurting-inside-in-remote-indigenous-communities-20150313-143lh7.html

Garden Rhythm – Evolution of a painting

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This was painted in tandem with “A Child’s Garden” a some what more orthodox thematic approach. It occupies a piece of canvas that was first part of a large painting from 1994 “probation Broken”- A year of discovery, a year of trial and error, a year of great productivity and intense feelings.

"Probation Broken" 1994 160 x 210 m

“Probation Broken” 1994 160 x 210 m

Detail

Detail

I kept this fragment, just as I have many other works, because paintings remain constantly evolving. They reach conclusion  at unexpected times, and sometimes they fail to reach a point of resolution.

Black Eye

"Madonna and Mirror" (bus stop paste-up) acrylic on paper March 2013

“Madonna and Mirror” (bus stop paste-up) acrylic on paper March 2013

I am working on a new street art piece to be placed in a bus shelter that I’m sure Hobit’s and other Middle earth folk would be proud to haunt. This is one from a while back, when I was in the first grasps of the thrill. I do believe  in this venue, as an new and ever expanding canvas, which belongs to the accidental critic. I just need a bit more energy!

Displaced

"Displaced 1" 2014 Acrylic and spray enamel on paper 60 x 50 cm

“Displaced 1” 2014 Acrylic and spray enamel on paper 60 x 50 cm

I like to work the surface before using the stencil. It gives the finished work a more painterly quality.