Artist's description:

These paintings are for a dog called Lump who is famous for being the dog who ate a Picasso. He was a dachshund who chose to live with Picasso for a while in the South of France. When Picasso showed Lump one of his card sculptures one day Lump promptly are it. Lump can be seen in many of Picasso’s paintings.

These conceptual paintings have quite a bite and are based on the philosophical problem of knowledge: i.e. how can we know the difference appearance and reality when our senses are often inaccurate? How do you really know you are standing/sitting here reading this and not a brain in a vat connected to a computer? (Putnam) How do you know an evil demon is not tricking you? (Descartes) How do you know you are not just watching shadows in a cave? (Plato) Can you be absolutely sure you are not dreaming? Each painting is called “Dog” and a computer chip is part of composition. So, where is the dog? Well, inside the chip of course and, more importantly, inside your imagination! But, can you be sure you are not in the chip and that someone, maybe a dog, is looking at you? “Such fun!” On the back of each painting there is the title “Dog” and a further random dog’s “character” word to describe the dog and tickle your imagination. So, think of a dog and have some fun splashing about with a canine or two in a postmodern world of dreams, “malicious demons,” “brains in vats” and virtual reality. A philosophical Crufts, woof, woof!

Ready to hang in any order you chose. Individual paintings that can be separated if they don’t get on.

Materials used:

acrylic, mixed media

Dog (Lump Chewing 1&2) PAIR (2015)


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