Observations

Celts and non identity

I was struck most by the ‘Celts, Art and Identity’ exhibition at the British Museum. The Celts, distinguished by the curators for their non-existence, were distilled into abstractions that dated back to the bronze age. Swirling, intricate, flowing lines and shapes inspired by nature would later be utilized by artists of the so called Celtic […]

Pigs after Cana
Observations

Pigs after Cana

You do not have to meet an animal in person in order to see it. A photograph may be a copy, but aptly transmit the subject’s essence. That is why ‘dead’ people you love change their Polaroid expressions so completely, according to the way things are. Christ’s message of abundance is returned through dining pigs, […]

Inspiration, Observations

Natural animation

I find myself caught up again in the dilemma of making artefacts for which we praise or disparage ourselves, and nature, nearing crisis point and more important than ever. How can an artist contribute to nature – this has been an age-old dilemma. I found that actually being inside the place one wanted to draw […]

Meat without Salt - King Lear
Observations

Meat without salt

‘Why, I love you as much as meat loves salt,’ said the King’s daughter. And he banished her in a rage. It was not until some time later he was dining at a friend’s castle where he was served saltless meat, that the King dissolved into tears. By then his daughter was a maid working […]

Abstraction
Observations

The Revolution of Abstraction

Art, science and spirituality, anciently one entity, seem to be making a convergence in these disparate times. The revolution of abstraction that was experienced in art by the likes of Mondrian was mirrored by quantum physics in science. The ‘established law’ of reality was turned on its head not only by art and spirituality, but […]

Observations

After Delaroche

From Delaroche’s Execution of Lady Jane Grey, the women evolved into lap dancers. When I drew these (3 Dancers after Delaroche) ten or so years ago, many dancers who were interviewed described experiencing power through the attention they received from men. In Living Dolls, Natasha Walters wrote lucidly of how young girls are groomed by […]

Observations

Here’s the rub

The rate and magnitude of nature’s destruction must shift purposes and bearing. I am struggling to find value in objects, when thousands are starving because of drought, or murdered for defending their land, and our beautiful natural world is being ransacked and destroyed at an ever accelerated pace. And yet it seems art is intrinsic […]

Observations

Free to imagine

I wanted to get back into drawing real people. I could exchange snatches of newspapers and conversations for whistle stop sightings. So I drew in stations and at hospital waiting rooms. When I drew the groups of people who stood, and waited, and moved on, at London Bridge Station, out of the scribbles came a […]