Latest projects/work in progress: Boat Trip, Waterloo, Wing Nuts

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LATEST:      BOAT TRIP 

 

'Boat Trip'  150x100cms oil on canvas 2016.

Boat trip takes its cue from the Hogarthian tradition of raillery (gentle satire). Based on Bosch's 'Ship of Fools', 'Boat Trip' features a cast of familiar faces from the contemporary political scene painted in oil on a 'grand' scale. The narrative asks more questions than it gives answers and is poised between humour and tragedy, as a very contemporary drama unfolds.

The 'Ship of Fools' is an allegory, which originates from Book VI of Plato's Republic and features widely in Western literature and art. The allegory depicts a pilotless vessel. It has been taken over, perhaps by force or persuasion by those who are deranged, frivolous, or oblivious, and seemingly ignorant of their course.

 

Drawing for 'Boat Trip' charcoal on paper. 

 

WATERLOO  200

 

 Inspired by Butler's 'Charge of the Scot's Greys' and named after the company who produce a 'Waterloo' board game, 'Phalanx' (above, 1m x1.50m, oil on canvas) plays on modes of cultural memory regarding war,  man and machine, masculinity and capitalism, and the question of nationhood in a time of uncertainty in the United Kingdom. 'Phalanx' is the largest of a number of paintings on the same theme (see below).

Derby Day

 

Rush Hour

 

Derby Match 

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WING NUTS 

 

Charcoal, pencil, carbon pencil, acrylic. Collage on paper. 40x30cms 2016

 In response to the brief 'Anagrams', 'Wing-Nuts' takes a darkly comical view on the individual within society and is a departure from oil paint. On exhibition at Kingston Museum till July 2nd 2016.

 

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Landscape Commission 

 

OTHER PROJECTS 

Please see current catalogue page for Fairground, Dodgems and Heads series. 

'THE FAIR comes to SOUTHBANK' :  the fairground/dodgem series will shortly be taking on a distinctly 'London-based' context.  

'Cigarettes are Sublime' wistful and ironic look at smoking and visual culture. Imagery adapted artistically and sourced from an eclectic mix of historic and contemporary internet and media sources.