Thanks to Johannes Vermeer, Van Eyck, Richard Hamilton, Roxy Music - art history, religions, cultures (past and present - pop and faith), time travel, conflict, memory... and more, all merge and interact in this visual essay.
The curtain... gives the work a devotional feel.
The 19th century black, in-mourning, rosette was, in it's original form, for the assassinated US President, Abraham Lincoln. It provided an opportunity for me to add in a 'selfie', dressed as Cardinal Innocent, as evidence of my time traveling experiences.
The old, paint pealing frame - references the passage of time, layers of meaning and lost memories etc.
Look closely at the unfinished - painting by numbers - artwork on the easel. It points to issues and emblems of faith, culture, conflict and much more.
Art About Art
By fusing history, memory and nostalgia, I work with the iconic and the cultural, merging them to create new narratives. I quote from the art of the past so as to reinterpret a way of seeing and thinking that I associate with artists as disparate as Vermeer, Velasquez, Ingres, Manet, Duchamp and Richard Hamilton etc.
My artworks are, in part, referential in their intent rather than simply appropriated or copied from masterworks. My imitation is a sincere form of flattery. In addition to explicit references, some may find humour in my alterations. By leaving out familiar elements or by adding new elements to known works, or re-configuring components within them, much of my work is a visual commentary on aspects of the history of art.
Viewers often recognise 'familiar' elements in my re-imagined compositions. However, seeing them in unexpected and surprising compositions can lead to a reassessment of the original... and a 'smile in the mind' in witnessing the new.
All of my artworks have the potential to be produced on a very large scale.
Giclee Print on Canvas