paintings

A Nebula for Jasper

oil on canvas
2011

sold

Commissioned to hang on the wall of a North African cafe.  As with some previous works, there were no specifications.

A green sun creates a nebula by inhaling its cosmic hookah pipe, comprised of our solar system and a deep-space dragon.  Drifting up from the desert into the nebula smoke is a top-hatted hedonistic alter ego of mine named Jasper, reclining on a chaise-longue.

Science.

The Education System

acrylic on wood-chip board

2010

My final A-Level exam piece took months to prepare for, but was magically executed in 12 hours as per the specification.  

...A surreal portrait of the UK education system, which becomes every day less about learning, and more about ticking the right boxes whilst playing the game (symbolised here through chess). 

 

In any industry, the further up the ladder the management, the more removed from its purpose.  This goes all the way up to the concept of God, symbolised by the downward direction of light which kills the protagonist.  The painting becomes, therefore, about the wider subject of depression, suppression and oppression imposed by a deadly mix of incompetence and power.  The butterflies, for example, represent the freedom of the human soul escaping, but it cannot survive for long out in the physical world, and so falls anonymously back into the sands of time.  

The Afterbirth of Religion

oil on canvas
2009

sold

Commissioned.

Specification: "anything".

A giant brass jug balances precariously
a-top a red mountain, which reaches into the sky above the silk bed-sheet clouds at dawn, the colour of which, is in fact overflowing blood.  Meanwhile, a headless knight of Christ is supported by the Bible he guards, whilst it secretes (more) blood, which is supported by a collapsing stack of other
fairy-tales, myths and legends.

The gold swirls are mainly for fun. 
Could be smoke.  Could be sperm. 
You tell me.

 

  

The Bleeding Bible

oil on canvas

2008

This surreal 'still'-life is a symbol of transubstantiation, of religious bloodshed throughout human history, and of the overarching power struggle.

 

Blood overflows (again) from a decomposing book bound in human skin; it's spine is a human one, and that poppy looks suspiciously like an eye.  The blood of ages erupts over the material riches of the Church and onto the chessboard, and beyond.  Painted in gold around the objects are Latin symbols of the Eucharist, and alchemy. 

The LifeArtDeath Cycle

oil on canvas

2013-2017

 

I have shot myself within a luxury padded cell; the blood morphs gradually into various beautiful forms, regrouping into a hand which reaches for the gun, which I use to shoot myself within a luxury padded cell; the blood morphs gradually into various beautiful forms, regrouping into a hand which reaches for the gun, which I use to shoot myself within a luxury padded cell; the blood morphs into various beautiful forms, regrouping into a hand which reaches for the gun, which I use to shoot myself within a luxury padded cell; the blood morphs gradually into various beautiful forms, regrouping into a hand which reaches for the gun... 

 

The Human Spectrum

oil on canvas

2010-PRESENT
WORK IN PROGRESS

 

This is will be my analogy for all of existence and everything therein, showing the human as a microcosm of the workings of Earth.

 

The two creatures sit in an eternal arm-wrestle over a chessboard.  Who is the demon, who is the angel?  Are they both? Are they neither?  Are these questions merely matters of perspective?
 

The Mistress of Purgatory

oil & acrylic on canvas

2016


 

The Mistress of Purgatory dries her humans upside down, to stop them from wilting, and thus, preserving them until she is bored with them.

Civilization

oil on canvas

2010
SOLD

Commissioned.
Client specification: a sepia New York cityscape in ruins, amongst which a man dances with a woman in a red dress.

 

I wanted to give the impression that the dystopian setting is collapsing with almighty force before the viewer's eyes.  The all but demolished rubble on which the figures dance is moments away from capsizing, taking them down with it.  To the far right, all that remains of Lady Liberty is her forearm clutching her torch.

 

The painting has been photographed (badly) in 2 parts.  Clicking either side will magnify that side of the painting.  

Secrets

oil on canvas

2009
SOLD

 

A raven guards an almost invisible box of treasures in the shadows.

Venus

oil & acrylic on canvas

2009

sold

Commissioned by a client who was inspired by Botticelli's iconic masterpiece 'The Birth of Venus'.

After reading around the subject, I tried to include symbols associated with the Roman goddess of love that came about through ancient ceremony and ritual. 
 

My more expressive interpretation aims to capture the motion itself of Venus rising out of the sea, mimicking the capricious crashing of waves.

Self-Portrait

oil on canvas

2009
 

Intended to be a technical study, as well as a representation of mental state (as always). 

More to come

Miscellaneous Wetness

A selection of sketchbook pages featuring either studies of other artists' work, paintings from photographs, or whatever was bullied by the other artworks for not fitting in.

Left to right: - 'The Spy', oil on canvas, 2015; Study of Goya's 'Witches' Flight', acrylic, 2010; Study of Marilyn Manson's 'Harlequin Jack & the Absinthe Bunny, watercolour, 2010; Study of Marilyn Manson's 'When I Get Old I Would Like a Drink', watercolour, 2010; Study of Marilyn Manson's 'Trismegistus', watercolour, 2010; Study of Dali's 'The Temptation of St. Anthony (detail), acrylic, 2010; 'Freedom', india ink & candle wax, 2015; 'Indian Cobbler', acrylic, 2013;'Butterfly Studies', acrylic, 2010; Study of Marilyn Manson's 'Experience is the Mistress of Fools', watercolour, 2010; 'Tchaikovsky', india ink, 2015.

I work in acrylic, oil, watercolour, gauge, ink, and various other media which you may have not heard of, because I haven't invented them yet.