Ancient/Classical Greek and Roman sculptures that we see in museums or in site specific locations are several thousand years old. We, with our 21st century eyes, see highly sophisticated modelling and composition - beautiful, uncoloured, frozen and tableau-like and silent in their presence. However, we now know that, in their original form they were painted and colourful. They would have provided a significantly different experience to that of today. The colour would have breathed life, energy and a sense of movement into them.
'Parthenon Dancer' is one of a series of artworks in which an ancient sculpture is given a new and dynamic visual energy, appearing as it does with brightly coloured surface decoration. The surprising context in which the sculpture appears also helps to convey a sense of movement.
A further modern twist can be seen on close observation of the surface of this 'flying' sculpture - the viewer will see that it has something of a 'plastic' appearance and in a process of change.
Parthenon Dancer might also be regarded as an Art About Art work.
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