Addressing inherted superiority, the women guard the blue angel who has set a fire. They are getting told off. The Blue Angel, biblically, represents strength and justice. The figures in the background throw flames from the fire rather than water on to it reflecting the futility of their grasp on power.
'Garden of Eden, 2023' After Rubens and Bruegel
Oil on Canvas 2.2m x 1.85
Ruben and Bruegels' Garden of Eden was very much a romantic biblical scene. Taking this as a base for todays Eden, I have shifted colour, animals and god to be man shaping woman in a classic garden with the house symbolising his decline in the background. It also hints at female mutilation to achieve an unreal beauty.
The Multiplying Factor
Oil on Canvas 1.4m x 1m
Also called Cat v Dog v Chickens, the animals symbolise how we categorise each other to create instant prejudice without knowledge and simultaneously alludes to immigration, racism, segregation and prejudice.
'Dreaming is Free'
1.4m x 1m Oil on Canvas
A simple painting about liberty contrary to social convention, yet we are told to be free in our expression -perhaps the girls in the background are videoing the girl singing and attempting to shame her freedom. A hint to the cancel culture
'A Painting About Leaving'
1.6m x 1.2m Oil on Canvas
The woman on the right takes simple belonging and goes elsewhere, watched by a bystander. You sense she is the 'other' - something, perhaps her posessions, are being burnt in the background.
'The Blue Squirrel'
Oil on Canvas, 1.4m x 1m
In Norse mythology, the Blue Squirrel delivers messages to the gods through a tree system the walnuts represent wisdom. The young girl is pregnant perhaps, or blossoming and her entire future is on a knifes edge
A Painting About Solving The Mystery of The Disappearance of Amelia Earhart
Oil on Canvas 2.1m x 1.8m An alternative theory of Amelia Earharts' disappearance crossing the Atlantic by plane alluding to Homers Odyssey and the Sirens.
A Painting From Mercury Hill
Oil on Canvas, 2.1m x 1.8m Goya, Turner and many others have painted picnic paintings on hills overlooking cities. This repeats the convention whilst merging the C18th and C17th practice of watching a live battle scene whilst picnicking.
'Dancing To Buskers'
60cm x 40cm, Oil on Canvas
Another work illustrating how we are taught to be one way, but if we act it out, we look pretty daft.
Decline and Fall - Rise of A Nation State
Oil on Canvas, 2023, 2.2m x 1.86 This is a work exploring conflict, Brexit, the dangers of nationalism and attempts at preservation of the past. The use of sandcastles as symbols of disintegrating power and the attempt to maintain it by the placement of beach flags alludes to economic deterioration. In the background, an Hogarthian rabble point to unrest as crumbling statues and columns decorate the skyscape. The militarisation of the brownies is a purposeful nod towards singular thinking and the widowed figure on the left represents the ensuing conflict. Colours are specifically chosen to reflect war in Europe and red, white and blue, as the colours of the UK.
A Painting About If Adam Was a Brewer
Oil on Canvas, 2022, 2.2m x 1.86 I am suggesting that if Adam discovered he could make cider or calvados when Eve plucked the apple, the world could have become a different place. God is in despair as his church falls, and Eve has no need to cover her body in shame as she keeps Adam working on the brewing.
A Painting About Greed
Oil and Canvas, 2023 2m x 1.8m This and its sister picture ‘The Other Last Supper’ explore greed, here in its form as resource hungry and harvesting in all its brutality and destruction.
The Last Supper (Greed)
Oil on Canvas, 2023, 2m x 1.8m A sister painting to 'A Painting About Greed', this reflects consumption, in particular consumption to impress and to excess. The relationships between the women around the table are familiar to us all in the experience of supper parties where one-upmanship becomes verdant.
A Painting About a Womans' Right to Live Her Life as She Lives Thank you (After Roe v Wade)
Oil on Canvas 2022 2.2m x 1.86 Made in response to the 2022 judgement in the USA preventing women from receiving abortions even if they have been raped, the painting charts a narrative through time, starting in the background with a teenage kiss, towards domestication in the foreground. Hints of the cultural and financial powerlessness inflicted on women when they become mothers are dotted throughout the painting, from the nun guard on the right hand side, the witch in front of the bonfire, the cat and her kittens and the appeal from the butcher woman for consumption of the rabbits' blood.
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Oil on Canvas, 2023, 2.6m x 1.8m A painting that developed over a long period of time, embracing hypocrisy and human relationships with animals. The association of women with their pets is often derogatory and the spectre at the feast represents fertility looming behind the bride.
Breach of Solitude
Oil on Canvas,, 2022, 5ft x 4.2" This painting can be read on two levels - firstly as a simple serene painting of women with children by the water, but secondly, in the background, there is a hawker representing the inevitable harassment on its way. The goat as a symbol of virility is a purposeful point to the lack of peace women get generally, when in a bathing costume.
A Painting About When Childhood Dreams Go Wrong
Oil on Canvas, 2022 1.86m x 1.68 This painting reflects, symbolically, the loss of childhood things, be it playfulness or dreams. The moment of true elation is when the child drops his/ her toy.
The Back Room
Oil on Canvas 2020 2.6m x 1.7 An empowerment picture of women having a lot of fun
Time to Leave
Oil on Canvas, 2020, 1.8m x 1.6cm
Oil on Canvas, 2022, 1.86m x 1.6 This painting focuses on the domestication of women and how the life for many has not changed in the 'modern' world. When structures don't change to enable freedom of movement outside the house, womens' lives remain still.
Oil on Canvas, 2021, 2.1m x 1.86 From the lockdown series, I often use animals to reflect true thought as they are not restricted by cultural niceties. The dog walker is dissaproving of the kissing couple, but it is her dog she allows to piss on the bench.