The Birth and Death of a Surrealist

The Birth & Death of A SurrealistMy current work is focused on the dialectical interaction of opposites. For human beings there is nothing more profound than the polarity and relationship between life and death. In making this image I have been contemplating these as one dynamic whole. In addition I’ve revisited the significance of surrealism, the early 20th century art movement; dialectic in its approach to liberate the unconscious. The surrealists were brave souls, daring to boldly bridge the great divide and polarity between the unconscious and conscious aspects of our being.


Caulfields missing subject in a quasi-spiritual dream

Caulfields missing subject in a quasi-spiritual dreamFrom a new series – exploring the wonderful, rich complexity of the current state of art theory and practice. This series juggles the clash of concerns and claims that art needs to entertain: emotional impact, spontaneity, the conflicting dialectics of flatness and space, the unconscious, consciousness of the subject, the awareness of cultural givens, return of the narrative, spirituality, non-normative states and the simple joy of being able to see. This piece coincides with viewing the great Patrick Caulfield exhibition at Tate Britain, reflecting on his work and many of the issues listed above which I am exploring and studying. Here specifically I’m reflecting on the absence of people and ultimately the implied subject from his work.

Sweeneys emancipation at sunrise

Sweeneys emancipation at sunriseFrom a new series – exploring the exciting complexity of current art theory and practice. In this image I reference an ancient Irish (celtic) mythological figure called Sweeney from pre-Christian Ireland. This wonderful tale is about a king who was cursed by St Ronan, becoming a tortured soul, half man, half bird, condemned to live out his life in trees, fleeing from his human companions. My image captures the moment (my addition to this tale and a reflection on the healing of the Irish psyche) when this sorry soul is released from his tortured past into the optimism of a new dawn.

A Mexican Dream Sequence in the Mind of a Celt

A Mexican Dream Sequence in the Mind of a CeltFrom my new series – exploring the complexity of perspectives in art theory and practice. This piece focuses on the subject (YOU), cultural givens, the 21st century mind, alternate states of consciousness, interpretation and the simple joy of seeing. In our rapidly interconnected world, what is the meaning and future of so many diverse cultures clashing and colliding? What new interior spaces are opening up? And how does this impact our dreams, perspectives and creativity?

The Volcano

Volcano 2012‘The Volcano’: a grand metaphor for creative outpouring. The creative urge is the need to create something new which artists of all kinds pursue, often with great fervour. The earliest recorded activity of ancient mankind is the decoration of their surrounding surfaces. A quote from Grayson Perry sums up beautifully the movement of creativity ….”Images spin and meld in the golden half-light of my imagination. This is the time when the shy creatures that are my ideas creep out into the clearing of my consciousness”…

The Love of Summer

The Love of SummerThis image, I hope, speaks for itself and is primarily an unashamed expression about being conscious of the goodness of life, love and opportunity and secondly includes what I consider important pictorial references to the history of image making.

The Mirror

The Mirror Jan 91“The Mirror”. This painting in acrylics was made in Jan 91 and is about an opening – a window, mirror, inside/outside, light/dark. Here I examine the act of looking and seeing – which are not the same. This image slows down the important moment of unknowing that always exists just before recognising what is seen.

The New Idea

A New Idea“The New Idea” created January 2013. This new series of images comes out of my contemplation of creativity which I have been thinking (visually) about for the past 5 years. In the 20th Century, artists who first developed abstract art forms, when asked what their art was about would often state something fundamental like.. it is “an arrangement of form and colour”. To this I would add that my art is also dealing with motion and light, as much as 2 dimensional pieces can.

The Thoughts of an Artist

The Thoughts of an Artist“The Thoughts of an Artist” created November 2012. I created this image to show how I experience creative thought (which I can not separate from vision) – the expressive form of a moment of novelty. This interior creative ‘space’ within each of us is real, is palpable when activated, then it becomes filled with form in motion. In this image I explore the inner space as a new landscape in order to understand the compelling nature of creativity.