Illuminate Exhibition

Illuminate Exhibition

 

There are only days till the Illuminate Exhibition and I am madly finishing off paintings by the dozen for it. It’s been a hot summer and the garage has not been forgiving. I’ve kept my energy up by drinking copious amounts of water and having short power naps in the heat of the afternoon.

illuminate, peacock, light painting

Illuminate, $1950 Oil on canvas 100 * 100 cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Illuminate Exhibition will open on Thursday, 24th March at 6:00PM with a gala opening with music by Kulturithmik, drinks and refreshments.

The outlay of the Professional Centre is varied with a long winding hall which traverses the centre from entry to the end. There are four open sections (the foyer, the conference room, the stairwell and another foyer at the back). These sections will display the largest paintings.

The Illuminate exhibition will showcase a collection of works exploring the qualities, nature and ideas surrounding the concept of illumination. These works will explore all aspects of illumination like light and its many facets, properties, and characters – those things which light reveals and clarifies, including truth, wisdom, love, revelation – light in nature, in flowers, leaves, sky and the landscape – the light of the city- the light of life.

I’m expecting a big night with lots of attendees and lots of fun, music and laughter.

I’m currently finishing off most of the works with glazes and little touch ups. The sizes of the paintings will vary from very small to quite large. Some of the large paintings I expect will get some very positive responses. A few of these I think are quite spectacular. Not all of them will be as colourful as the signature paintings (the peacock ‘Illuminate’), but all of them will engage the viewer and I hope get them thinking about some of the important things in life.

The exhibition will continue from the 24th March through to the 8th of April and will be open on Easter Saturday and Monday. The Professional Centre is open from 9:00AM to 5:00PM Mondays to Friday.

Hope to see you there.

Hieronymus Bosch

Hieronymus Bosch.

The Garden of Earthly Delights.

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The central panel of Hieronymus Bosch’s the Garden of Earthly Delights is the panel of the triptych’s title.

This painting, unlike the first panel, is littered with frenetic activity. The figures are all nudes – some sensually engaged with others. Others simply play, engage in sports or cavort in the garden with companions, animals or imaginary creatures. Are these people ‘shameless’ or merely exhibiting an ‘adolescent sexual curiosity’?

In the centre foreground,  one of the largest figures in the painting gives us a clue. The foremost female figure of a group of females is adorned with two cherries – a medieval symbol of pride. To the left a man lustfully drinks from an exotic flagon and behind the group a man and woman lie encased in a giant mussel shell (a symbol of sexuality, carnality and lust). The two concentric circles in the centre (the pool and the circle of figures astride animals) may allude to eternity but more likely allude to the infinite cycle of sin (This theme has been developed in our time by the Chapman brothers – I will talk about their works in coming weeks). Yet strangely, the horizon line of the centre panel continues on from the left panel, suggesting a link between the two. The link would seem to be that both of these scenes occur on our world – in this universe. In contrast the last panel is clearly located in Hell (see in coming days).

Overall the three panels allegorically lead from the first to the second to the third.

The composition of the middle panel is balanced but quite open giving the figures freedom to move and do as they wish. This aligns itself with the idea that despite the fact that God has ordered the world perfectly for our benefit, we are still left free to make our own choices and live in the way we choose to live.

The third panel of the triptych will describe visually what the consequences of making the wrong choices are.

The Garden of Earthly Delights

The Garden of Earthly Delights

Time Unbound, my masters thesis explored the different interpretations of Heaven and Hell, eternity and infinity which have been created over the last four centuries. Another work which intrigued me in its highly personal and individual interpretation of Heaven and Hell is Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights.

Here I will describe the first of the three paintings in the triptych: Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

The Garden of Earthly Delights is a triptych by Hieronymus Bosch (1450 – 1516).

Two tall rectangular side pieces flank a square centrepiece, each painted in great detail, suggesting a narrative spanning from creation to the end of time itself. The left panel depicts God presenting Eve to Adam in the Garden of Eden. The central panel is a vast panorama of fantastic creatures, exotic oversized fruit, weird stone formations and is peopled with socially flamboyant nudes. The right panel is a hellscape portraying the torturous horrors of damnation.

The Garden of Earthly Delights: Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

The Garden of Earthly Delights, The Garden of Eden, Heaven paintings, eternity paintings

 

 

 

 

The Garden of Earthly Delights: Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Hieronymus Bosch, (1490 – 1510) Oil on panel

This is the first and left panel in the triptych. It is the simplest in design and the most calm in nature, but it still shows us the complexity of Bosch’s concepts at play.

In the centre, Jesus presents Eve to Adam. Birds, elephants, giraffes and every other kind of animal (some imaginary) populate the garden, which is characterised by green lawns, rolling hills, pools and an open ‘lightness’ symbolising purity and goodness. His figures of Adam and Eve exude both innocence and sexuality.

Even though this is the tamest of Bosch’s three panels it is still riddled with enigmas. A cat runs off with a mouse suggesting that not all is perfect in this garden. The imagery is not restricted to biblical or other traditional textual sources, but utilises Bosch’s imagination, a sign of the Renaissance to come.

In the left panel, it may be that the inclusion of fantastical creatures, the unsavoury-looking crab based tower in the centre and the cat eating the mouse, left of Adam (such an act would not have occurred in the original Garden of Eden, according to Christian theology), suggest that temptation is already present in the garden. It is most likely that the continued horizon line shows that the first two panels are located at some place on the Earth, whereas the third panel is located in another dimension altogether.

While this first painting in the triptych is seemingly located in Earth, its fantastic elements suggest that it is also a kind of idealised version of some of the spiritual elements present in the Garden of Eden.

I will write about the other 2 panels in the coming days. If you have any questions about anything just email me.

Time Unbound. An exploration: Eternity in Art.

Time Unbound

Time Unbound is the title of my Master of Arts (Honours) thesis which I completed a short while ago. I am in the process of deciding how I will proceed with the publishing of the work. In total it is over 60,000 words long and discusses and explores the representation of eternity throughout the ages in art.

Caspar David Friedrich, Winter Landscape with Church, 1811, Time Unbound

 

 

 

Winter Landscape with Church

The above image Winter Landscape with Church by Caspar David Friedrich (1811) is one of over 100 art works discussed throughout the thesis.

This work shoes a tiny figure leaning against a rock, his crutches left in the snow suggesting he is done with traversing the endless countryside – that it has gotten the better of him. Yet there is still hope. The rock may be seen as a place of rest, and the meticulously depicted pine trees mirror the outline of the true place of respite not far away, the church. Like many of Friedrich’s paintings, there is an inner silence and tranquillity which invite the viewer to experience the peace the figure may be feeling. The grey mist may conceal much of the landscape but it has the effect of rendering it endless, its power and vastness not only insurmountable, but also mysterious and unfathomable. Behind the church a faint glow of red could be either sunrise (a sign that salvation is never far away) or sunset (a warning to the pilgrim to not tarry for too long before the night comes).

Eternity is a place of rest here. The mist signifies its mystery and also its endlessness. It also suggests that eternity is not of this material world, but rather a different place where the spirits of both God and man co-habit.

Winter Landscape is a painting of hope and sanctuary.

Untitled 835

Untitled 835, Louise Hearman (2000) Oil on masonite, 69 * 69 cm, Time Unbound

 

 

 

 

In contrast, the image below is a modern work by Australian artist Louise Hearman called Untitled 835 (2000).

The quiet nightmarish world depicted in this oil painting employs dramatic contrasts and an eerie misty lighting to evoke a world of dark mystery which could be interpreted as a form of Hell.

Here a boy looks out at the viewer from behind a wall of flame like grass. Hearman’s light sometimes seems to come from within the depicted subjects themselves giving an otherworldly quality to the subjects and a dream-like aura to the works. The children in her paintings are not quite children.

The grass allude to the flames of Hell, while the boy’s otherworldly inner light suggests a soulless figure, a ghost of a person.

This is not the blatant hellish horror of Hieronymus Bosch’s paintings or the violent, gory  images of a modern film depicting Hell come to Earth. It is a more familiar Hell – otherworldly, but somehow near – almost under our skin.

Time Unbound also discusses the different approaches to deciphering the topic of eternity – secular, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Moslem, scientific, new age and personal. I will periodically post some of the more interesting parts of my thesis in the coming months and if anyone has any enquiries about Time Unbound then I would be more than happy to answer any of those questions.

 

Bouquet

Bouquet

Bouquet is a botanical painting which will fit well into my collection of paintings being completed for my ‘Illuminate’ exhibition being held in the Professional Centre at Easter 2016.

Bouquet is an oil painting, not of an actual bouquet of flowers but of an idealised version of one. This bouquet is alive with movement and life, and it is this life which seems to be oozing from the light which surrounds and permeates the motifs in this painting.

Bouquet is a happy painting.

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Most of my botanical paintings are not about the flowers or botanical motifs in the painting as much as they are about the lighting which surrounds and caresses these motifs. Like many of my botanical paintings Bouquet is about light and the effect it has visually on the motifs it touches.

However, with this painting there is more. The light seems to be moving in the work and this gives a joyful life to the flowers and leaves in the work. Not only does the light itself seem to be moving but the natural objects it touches seem to be imbued with a joyful life which gently dances before our eyes. This is a painting which exudes joy and happiness.

Bouquet will fit well in my ‘illuminate’ exhibition coming up on 6:00 PM, 24th March, 2016 at the Professional Centre here in Coffs Harbour. I hope to extend this idea of a light which imbues life into the subject it influences in other paintings being produced for the Illuminate exhibition.

The square format of the painting also helps to frame the movement of the light. I love working in a square format and intend to produce a number of smaller square paintings for this exhibition. The work for the Illuminate exhibition will include botanical, landscape, surreal and conceptual works all exploring ideas and concepts which surround the topic of illumination.

If you have any questions about my work or am considering buying a painting then just contact me via my contact page.

Cityscape

Cityscape

This cityscape is not yet finished, but is being posted as an example of what will be coming in my upcoming exhibition ‘Illuminate’, which is to be held at the Professional Centre on the 24th of March 2016.

cityscape

Cityscape

 

 

 

 

 

This is large painting uses shafts of light to change and play with the various forms and structures within the painting. Different parts of the painting shift and shimmer because of these shafts of light. The illumination of this cityscape is part of the life of this city and yet transports the viewer’s perceptions to another place beyond that of the city. There is at least one other cityscape in production at the moment.

 

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illuminate

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illuminate.

This is a design of the poster I’ll be putting up for the exhibition.

The exhibition at the Professional Centre will be a gala event with food, refreshments, music, art and lots of bubbles. I am working on about sixty paintings at present for this exhibition and hope to create a variety of works ranging from nebulous surreal explorations of illumination to sparkling garden paintings decorated by an imaginary light (or lights) which transform the picture into something fantastic.

In the coming weeks I will be posting images as they become completed and I also hope to put up a few new musical pieces.

The Website

This website has not been as dynamic as it should have been in the previous year or two. I will be keeping it liquid from now on and am hoping viewers will respond with some positive comments. I hope to write more blog posts, add new images and music pieces and maybe add some stories in the coming months.

I also hope to start up a shop for open edition prints soon. With the shop, paypal will be available (it already is available for buyers) and I will probably restrict the size of the prints to about 2 sizes to choose from.

If you have any questions about prints or paintings contact through the website email.

Illuminate

Illuminate

Illuminate is the title of the exhibition I will be holding at the Professional Centre, which will open at 6:00PM on the 24th March 2016. Illuminate will display over twenty five paintings in my new ‘illuminate’ series of works. There will also be other works at the centre because of the size of the centre and its ability to display about 70 paintings at a time.

illuminate, peacock, light painting

Illuminate, 100 * 100 cm Oil on canvas

 

 

 

 

 

There will be an opening night on the Thursday before Easter at 6:00PM when visitors to the centre can enjoy a night of music and refreshments while viewing the works in the illuminate series. The last exhibition I held at the centre attracted over 120 visitors and I expect that this one will be at least equally as successful.

The works themselves revolve around the various concepts which emanate from the idea of illumination. I have been playing around with various visual effects and the effects of light and colour on the world around us. Vision is impossible without light. Colour cannot exist without light. The world we see is a construct of light – but what exactly is light?

Light is many things. In art it is an adornment to the inner integrity of a work. Light is also a revealer of truth. Some of the other ideas which are being explored in this series of works include ‘revelation’ and ‘space’. In these works light plays games with the three dimensional plane of the works, causing some parts to move backwards and forwards in unusual ways, subverting the normal perception of the picture plane and revealing new perceptions.

I like to think that viewers can look into my paintings and see new things with each new viewing.

Revelation is a form of spiritual light. This aspect of illumination is also explored in these works. Other forms of illumination explored in these works include truth, love and hope.

I hope to see you at the opening night of the exhibition on the 24th of March next year.The exhibition will continue for a few weeks after the opening night.

 

Pond – a New Botanical Painting.

Pond – a New Botanical Painting.

 

Pond is a new botanical painting. It is an intimate macro representation of a pond created from a series of photos taken at the Coffs Harbour Botanical Gardens. Many of my botanical paintings are inspired by photos taken and drawings done at these gardens. The gardens are filled with interesting scenes and ‘visual moments’ that are often complimented by my use of backlighting or other unusual lighting effects.

 

pond, garden pond

pond

 

 

 

 

 

The most difficult thing about Pond was achieving a balanced interplay between the curving lines of the reeds and other stalks and the simple round shapes of the lily pads. I achieved this balance by concentrating most of the reeds in the upper half and leaving the shapes of the lily pads to the bottom half.

Pond also needed subtle toning. A series of glazes helped to created the illusion that some of the reeds were in fact situated underwater. The placement of these reeds is highlighted by the inclusion of the gold fish which draw attention to them and the other subtle details under the water.

The painting is built up in thin layers of paint which gives the painting an inner glow when struck by a light. The layering has also added a lush richness and brightness to the main motifs giving the subject its moist quality, and the green is also rich, alluding to the healthiness of these plants which live in a small intimate pond and are constantly fed by the constant presence of plenty of water.

Sunday, September 27th will see the beginning of another group exhibition at the botanical gardens here in Coffs Harbour. This exhibition will continue near the entrance of the gardens for about a week. Pond will be one of the paintings I will be exhibiting in this show.

 

Food of the gods : Ambrosia

Ambrosia: Food of the gods.

 

Ambrosia: Food of the gods

Ambrosia: Food of the gods

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ambrosia is described in Greek and Roman mythology as the food of the gods. I love the idea that people can contribute to the happiness of ‘the gods’. I believe in the one God and although there is nothing we can give him that sustains or edifies Him I still believe He enjoys our meagre attempts to make Him happy.

In this painting the food of the gods is represented as a collection of lights (candles) that may or may not be lit as a devotion to Him in some way. God is light and these lights may only be flickering symbols of the light that is God, but they (lighted candles) are often a symbol of appreciation for all that God has done for us and those we love.

The use of a golden yellow in the painting alludes to the golden city of light that Revelations talks about as Heaven. The lights of the candles may not fill Heaven with any practical light, but the joy it brings God and the angels is a light in itself. Any kind of communication with Heaven is a joy to God and the angels. God created us because of his unsurpassable need to love and be loved. His light shines on us daily and it should be a pleasure to return some of this back to Him.

I love painting light. I used complementary colours (yellow, purple) as a symbol of all the colours of the spectrum – it takes all the colours of the spectrum to create white which is light. I tried to make the wax of the candles look soft and almost edible and I hope that the title suggests a kind of perfume which reaches God and brings joy to Him.

New landscape paintings coming

New landscape paintings coming

 

I am currently producing a new batch of landscape paintings. I have had a bit of a break from painting because of the masters which is now over. It’s good to get back into what I love most. The new landscape paintings will be a variety of sizes and will be mostly realist landscape paintings and fantasy landscape paintings.

I am producing a lot of small landscape paintings. Some are of the ocean and others of hills and mountains. Many of them are incorporating mist and thick clouds to produce an otherworldly atmosphere and I’m toying with the colouring of a few of the works to add even more variety.

Light will play an important part in these paintings.

I feel I’ve become a little scratchy since the break and the idea of painting landscapes to ‘warm up’ to the task has been very beneficial. Landscape painting is the best way to learn how to use aerial perspective and how to use paint as a medium itself. The combination of thick and thin paint used to create depth in a landscape painting makes experimenting with the use of paint a distinct must while creating these works. I feel this is a very useful way to get myself back into painting.

I will begin posting images of these new landscape paintings in the next few days. I am already working on about fifteen of them (mostly small) and hope to have the first lot of new landscape paintings ready in about a fortnight.

Some of these paintings will hopefully be sold at the Bellingen Markets in the coming months. I hope to start selling at the Bellingen Markets in a month or two. Hope to see you there.

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Bellingen Gold $2,850 Oil on Canvas 100*120cm

Celebration, seashore, surreal marine pastel paintings, joy

Celebration $890 Pastel and Ink on Paper 50 * 70 cm