Hope vs Dread

      This large oil painting has a balloon-festooned playground atmosphere for me. Bright spheres exist on a dark background.   To understand this picture from my perspective (and its not really necessary to attain this as your perspective is probably more important), I would suggest thinking about Existentialist philosophy. This is the 20th century school of thought resulting from writers such as Jon-Paul Satre and novelists such as Albert Camus. Modern input comes from the psychiatrist and novelistRead more

More Faces

Someone recently pointed out that one can experience the world through visuo-emotional synaesthesia. That’s a pretty good description of what happens when I am painting these faces. There is also a kind of totemistic allusion going on here. A totem is like a spirit ancestor or an animal deity, in native tribes. Modernistic faces are like this for us, a mostly secularised people who have lost their previous link with the old forms of paleolithic spirituality. For me, its greatRead more