varnishing

the last stage….not great in the high humidity and heat of the Australian summer. However, I had my 2IC to assist. Here are a few spots…

Half my paintings will have a gloss finish, half a matte finish.

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we have a yellow series it seems

It’s fascinating as a psychiatrist to see how people react to particular paintings in an immediate, visceral and nonconceptual way. That’s an indicator yet again of how the Unconscious reacts to something instantaneously and the Conscious Mind plays catch up, trying to verbalise and analyse what is causing the sense of attraction (or repulsion). This is the link between art and psychiatry / neuroscience.

 

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Sculpturality in painting

 

It’s been a while since I’ve been here. Here is an update….the paintings of the last six months have been in diptych form and they all push the boundary of sculpturality. The surfaces are thick, rock-like and as usual, obsessed with an almost mono-chromatic exploration of blue and green. My white-outs continue, but mostly in diptych form.

From the world of psychiatry, the idea of changing one’s operating system has been recurring. Mentoring is really another word for this. The sculpture of a person emerges from a block of stone…

 

Recent White Outs

This is another one in my sculptural, tactile series of “White-Outs”. Meant to run your hand over the surface. It is moving into the most sculptured surface available to a non-installation artist or a non-sculptor. That’s the idea anyway. It is organicity rediscovered and revisited. It is the ancient cave paintings in the Kakadu.

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Optimism…versions

I have just completed a series based on the concept of optimism. Each version involves paint-overs and re-doing / re-washing. I have at least three versions of practical optimism in mind. First, a hopeful default position as the foundation of all thought. Two, a cognitive bias toward positive memories. Three, a decision to favour a best case scenario despite frightening odds against you.  Here is one version:optimist1.jpeg

Unexpected Kindness

This painting has the vibrance of the feeling of gratitude following an act of kindness. There is great power in being in the light of the feeling of gratitude for kindness. The world is full to overflowing of cynicism, hatred, egotism, narcissism and self-loathing. We traumatise each other as a way of life. So when kindness is suddenly shown to exist again, one can feel energised and re-engaged in the optimism of gratitude. That’s why this painting is passionate and could even be called “loud”, but hopefully in a life-affirming way.

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painting inspired by Tokyo

This painting comes from watching the traffic of sunset Tokyo snaking through the city as I watched from the top floor of a hotel. The painting is calming despite the complicating, crisscrossing force intertwining throughout the streets of the great capital. We continued our trip into the mountains and saw the sacred and quiet side of Japan. But I needed to paint the city as it is such an important part of modern Japan.

 

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