spoons * sing a song of sixpence * memories of the sea



Here are some works which I have never shown all painted about 20 years ago




Now I look back at these paintings I see a desire to move away from the figurative.. a lunge toward, believe it or not, abstraction….

Unable to achieve this I sought to subvert the observed, the "figurative",  and almost by accident arrived at the narrative.

Consequently, these images show a preoccupation with what they seek not to be rather than with the subject matter or meaning, which is possibly why they seem incongruous and why the compositions are so clumsy.

I see now that the majority of these images have an underlying theme of  collapse; collapsed space, time, and object boundaries. The storyteling themes reflect this:  a shipwreck, alice through the looking class, memories, the aftermath of murder, pop up cards and nursery rhymes etc etc.
 I explored the montage of memory and the nonsensical way in which a field of vision can be collapsed onto a single picture plane.

The attempts to weave all these observational picture elements into allegorical and “other” realities such as memories etc was (I realise now) a rocky and painful cul de sac. It now seems clear that the most successful elements in a lot of these strange works are the figurative ones; where I have finally given myself permission to have a bit of fun painting what I see..... blood will out!

Here is a link to see the set on flickr  http://www.flickr.com/photos/phthaloblue/sets/72157621481497843/




"memories of the sea" Series
                                               






"memories of the sea" Series






the man in the moon and spoon




 Memories of the Sea



 Memories of the Sea


Therese Raquin




Therese Raquin

                        




Happy Families





still life




still life





The Miracle




All the Kings Men




All the Kings Men




All the Kings Men




"sing a song of sixpence" Series 








"sing a song of sixpence" Series 




"sing a song of sixpence" Series
(homage to Braque)



"sing a song of sixpence" Series
(homage to Braque)






Pan and Demeter




                       Roger and Gallet



 Spoons




untitled




Alice through the looking glass