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Oil paint on reclaimed wooden panel.

Concerned with the commonality of current hierarchial socio-cultural paradigms across the world, Pyramid is a trilogy of paintings depicting three main ‘sides’ of the residual impact on the environment (Pyramid Surrounding), our society (Pyramid Throughout) and us as individuals (Pyramid Within).

These paradigms refract throughout our world and lives, shaping our perception and behaviour which is evident if you scientifically question current and historical situations. Pyramid structures often illustrate the few over the many. Upon truly realising this through my own experiences (growing up, education, relation to others, experience working in the creative sector and my observations) and inspiration by people such as Peter Joseph, Gabor Mate, Sam Harris and George Orwell among others - I visualised a series of images that would broadly comment on the topic.

Distorted facets of the pyramid shapes (that may be the origin of or reflecting the source of light) metaphor the dominance and distribution of power. The illusive partial nature in the way the overshadowing pyramids are presented connote they are ingrained into the scenes and do not reveal their entirety or operate lucidly. Loose and abstract sections of the paintings present the resulting distorting effect on the subject in each image. Additionally heavy shadow relay connotations of exclusion and segregation. The colour palette across the three images traverse from nature's blues and greens to the human anatomy’s reds and flesh-tones to subtly connote the gradual convergence of influence towards the individual.

I wanted to visually explore this topic because I believe in the relevance and importance of the need for an evolutionary migration from the current paradigm to a more equal, fluid, collaborative and aware paradigm.

Materials used:

Oil on reclaimed wooden panels

Pyramid Within (2015)


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Darren Cranmer


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