|Mirror-Mirror 46x46cm oil on canvas|
Its not long now until the opening of my solo show ‘Scheherazade’ at The Doorway Gallery www.thedoorwaygallery.com. The show will be opening on the 7th November and will run throughout the month until the beginning of December.
I have worked and lived with this collection of paintings for over a year now and it really does take that long to get them where I want them, before I feel confident that they are finished.
|Picking Bilberries 92x76cm oil on canvas|
I have put together a collection of around 20-25 paintings, that imbue a similar colour palette and subject matter. A world of the ordinary with an undercurrent of story telling and mystery, that brings into the work a timeless connectivity to worlds gone by . I like to layer and weave references to other eras and cultures, for example the painting Picking Bilberries, which reads as a seasonal painting of a woman harvesting wild bilberries growing on top of a dry stone wall. I was influenced by a Roman wall painting at the time and conveyed that in the dress and hair of the figure. I am also enjoying here the references to the edge of the wood, with those cautionary childhood fairy tales in mind. Another edge of the wood painting is ‘Mossy Pillow’, this painting was inspired by visiting my mum who was moving yet again and looking through a trunk of old photos from her childhood. It was a rare one of her looking so blissfully happy and beautiful holding up her pet dachshund surrounded by her beloved father, mum and younger sister. For me it was so poignant because her family broke up later, with her father moving to South Africa, leaving her broken hearted.
For this show I was looking at Mogul decorative art and patterns , as can be seen in the large still life ‘Fisherman’s Table’. This painting is a very round about interpretation of the fairy tale The Fisherman and his Wife. This is my favourite fairy tale from my childhood and I have always been fascinated by it. It really resonated with me as a child and continues to do so, to me it illustrates a deep sense of fundamental moral truth. Too late for the property speculators and over indulgent banks, I think.
|Fisherman's Table 92x102cm oil on canvas|
I have reintroduced my pug from the Rococo exhibition, and for some strange reason he seems to have taken the place of the Persian King in the painting ‘Scheherazade’, well that’s artistic licence for you.
|Scheherazade 92x102cm oil on canvas|