'Dude - with Suki & Troy'
Oils on canvas. 1m x 70cm. (No.15)
When a neighbour asked about a portrait of his dogs, I explained I'd only be interested to do the painting if he was part of it. Which he was reluctant to do, but thankfully not for too long.
As local characters they seemed to me, inseparable.
I took my inspiration from a famous painting in the Queen's Gallery, entitled 'The Connoisseurs' 1865 by Sir Edwin Landseer, (of Trafalgar Sq Lions fame) that I had recently admired. A tongue in cheek self-portrait where his two dogs are seemingly critiquing his sketch book.
After a brief, but exhausting reference photo shoot, where one cool dude and two very excited 'connoisseurs' pretty much refused to cooperate or appear to be reading or even looking at the books... ...so I tried to emulate that more famous composition, but this was about as close as I could get.
'...for 'i' have sinned.' Oil & Gold leaf on canvas. 1.2m x 1.5m.
An attempted homage to my great grandfathers (Guy Wilthew) which hangs in Bretagne.
At first glance this is a religious painting dedicated to the loss of my good friend 'Mungo Leir' who passed just as I was underway.
The painting obviously isn't religious in a conventional sense, but it does seek to re-connect the word 'Fetish' with its original religious meaning. i.e. The worship of an object. Namely the smart phone.
The angels are shining their light on Monica & Anna, whilst simultaneously both looking down at the smart phone, one angel emanating from the phone which is also connected to the name of my great friend Mungo who shone his light, in life, on many people.
I wanted to try and create something that connected the past to the now, and that maybe looked at in the future, even in one hundred years by my great grandson, who would wonder, as I did, at that 100 year gap and what it means.
(ps. The crucifix is the ultimate symbol of bondage, but also spirituality. It is only at the moment of absolute intolerance that the true spirituality of letting go of the mind can take place. Complete freedom, when completely imprisoned.
Women have been metaphorically crucified by the church and religion. The fetish nun is a statement about the hijab, sexuality and religion, the proliferation of sexual nun images)
'DiamondCats' - Shiggi & Icarus.
Oils on canvas. 70cm x 100cm. (No.14)
The huge African Diamond light sits between the windows of Kilimanjaro, Africa, left, and Financial district London England, right.
Framed 'Champion of the World'. Mohammad Ali, pierced with Arrows portrait. From Esquire Magazine 1968, in answer to his then recent name change, conversion to Islam, and draft refusal and the attack he was under from the 'establishment' for standing up for what he believed in.
Jimi Hendrix, Experience - album cover.
(The Worlds greatest guitarist)
Rodregez, ColdFact - album cover - (was a symbol of protest against apartheid (a system created to strip the wealth of Africa by it's European oppressors)) its creator remaining ignorant to its success and receiving no royalties.
The wild Zentai Zebra - Shiggi's alter ego.
Icarus, the hairless Sphinx cat. (Reminds me of an interesting theory I was told by a friend, that the reason the Egyptian statues and others around the world from our distant past, are 'noseless' was a deliberate vandalism to hide the distinctive shape, that of their creators).
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I think I jumped the start date hopefully this will still be considered. Thank you.