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'Notre Mere La Mer.'      3. Cathy's next contribution

Work in progress, image coming soon...




'Notre Mere La Mer'      2. My contribution.

I made some drawings to find the form of the Mermaid. I think because I had just drawn 'Harvesting Goddess' in the many armed form of a Hindu Goddess, I made her many armed also. Cathy had told me she'd had a commission to paint an Angel, but could get no further than this Abstract image. By making some of the top curves more symmetrical I found I made  a suggestion of wings which related to this initial intention. By making some of the lower curves more symmetrical, I found I'd made a 'Symbolic Virgina.' This was the source of the life in the sea, it was the opening in the Marine Goddess' mysterious swirling form from which flowed the Marine plants and creatures. Then I started to populate the painting with Marine life. First I drew the forms on paper, then worked them onto the canvas. When dry, I put transparent glazes of 'underwater sea colours' over everything, to try to place them 'in the water,' not just 'on the surface' of the canvas. My last lifeforms were the Dolphins at the top of the picture. Then I took the painting back to Cathy and happily she loved it, but thought the Mermaid was a bit stiff. I agreed, and suggested she add more movement as her next contribution. At the time of writing, 01/01/15 she has drawn another Mermaid with flowing curves, but not yet had time to place her on the canvas and paint her.


'Notre Mere La Mer'   1. In the beginning.
I visited the home of my old friend and fellow Fantasy Artist Cathy Ogliastri, while there I saw an interesting abstract on her wall with a rich, textured background. I commented on it, and she said if I could see anything to do to it, to take it and work on it, as she was completely stuck with it. I thought it would be interesting to do another work with her as we had done a painting together many years ago when we were lovers. I put her painting at the end of my bed and looked at it each night and morning. In a week's time I had a good idea of what I wanted to do to it, clearly it was an underwater painting, and was full of sensual curves and was mysterious.
'Lolita Vampire.'     Pencil on Paper.    31 x 14 Cms    Framed: £175    10/2014

A Fantasy portrait of a young woman who through no fault of her own has become a vampire. Perhaps fortunately she is only affected by vampirism on and around full moons, at other times she can lead a normal life.
'Harvesting Goddess,' evening, Ripple, Kent, UK.    Coloured Pencil    550 x 380 cms 
Unframed: £175

When I lived in Dover, Kent I needed to get away from the miserable damp flat I lived in as much as possible, so I'd go to villages around where I found a good dog-walk for 'Sam' and a good 'real Ale' pub for me at the end of it. Ripple between Dover and Deal was such a place. The village had 'the Plough Inn' and it's own real Ale Brewery 'Ripple Steam Brewery,' a wonderful real pint of Ale from just around the corner!
One evening I was moved by a wonderful sunset when walking through a wheatfield. I imagined a Goddess of the harvest walking through gathering stocks of wheat which she cut with her golden sickle. A badger and fox, recognising her, beg for caresses. Perhaps she is Demeter, or Gaia; I have used the representation of Hindu Goddesses as the many armed bodies add to the sense of 'other,' of power and mystery. I came across many gods and goddesses on my travels around India, this is probably influenced by Luxmi, and Parvatti. I intend to do an Acrylic painting from this drawing.

'Dover Castle, Evening Light'       07/2013         Oil         16 x 12 ins.       Framed £350.00

Looking across the valley to Dover Castle from the Downs opposite. This particular evening the setting sun, behind the observer, threw pink and apricot light onto the castle walls. A gorse bush insisted its presence with its bright Cadmium flowers. All was calm and peaceful.

'Banker's Apocalypse'             Oil           30x20 ins.          £500.00

Conceived in 2011 when FURIOUS with the bankers. The painting started in 2011, but was finished much later when time permitted.
It is a deliberate attempt to produce a Naive painting, as a 'Painting Of The People.' This is to accompany the image of 'The People,' rioting and celebrating the demise of the banking system.
 The central building is the Bank of England, the 'Cathedral' of banking. 'The Archbishop-like' figure in the foreground is Mervyn King, then governor of the Bank of England. Being 'the Governor,' I made him 'High Priest of the Cathedral of Banking.'
The other burning buildings are all be Banks or investment companies.  On one I intended to have a smoldering, crumbling 'Goldman Sachs' sign on the burning roof. One of them has RBS on it. Angels are blasting the buildings  making them burst into flames.this is to emphasize that it's not just a 'mob of rioting Yobs!'  I'm not a Christian, but believe Christ would have beaten the bankers out of their 'ivory towers!'
There is reference to the 'Hell panel' in
Hieronymus Bosch's typtrich 'heaven and hell.' The nasty green goblin-like banker figure, sitting on a throne labeled 'The Banking System,' is direct reference to a bird headed figure eating people in Hieronymus' painting. This 'Goblin Banker' is shitting out coins into a 'Bonus pot latrine.' Naked poor people are chained to his throne-commode, performing mundane tasks, some rioting people are cutting them free. The 'Goblin Banker' randomly picks one up and eats them. He is playing with dice to symbolise the game of chance played with our cash and our global economy. 'The people' in the painting are either chasing bankers or making merry, making music and dancing in celebration of the demise of 'the system.'

'Maggie's Demise'        4.5 cms x 5cms        Pen, Ink and coloured pencil    £100.00

This was drawn and painted late 1980s or early 1990s when Thatcher said: "I shall go on and on & on." I had a nightmarish image of her becoming a sort of 'living-dead Zombie' that fed on the flesh of the poor and downtrodden. Now she has died I celebrate the fact with the picture of her decaying face.
Many of our current problems I believe stem from from the ideas of Thatcherism and Reganomics.

       
  'Lady Van Dyke out clubbing tonight'     (0
4/2011)      50x27.5 cms     Oil     £400.00

This painting was based on Anthony Van Dyke's portrait of his wife, Lady Van Dyke. I have imagined her out clubbing in a club of her era, somewhere like Hubert Dashwood's 'Hell Fire Club.' The painting was suggested by the frame that was given to me by Ms. Debora Colam of 'Castle Fine Arts Studio,' Guston; who is an Art restorer and picture framer.


          
         'Lady Van Dyke entertains tonight'       7 x 9.5 ins.        Acrylic              £400.00

At the Tate Gallery there was an exhibition which included a portrait of Lady Van Dyke by her husband Anthony Van Dyke. The strange shaven head hair style and
her general appearance   gave her a bizarre alluring eroticism. I decided to use the image as my theme and enhance or exaggerate the eroticism with my imagination. I bared her breasts and revealed her belly with lacing and cut away her dress revealing the tops of her thighs.
This painting was excellently framed with a blue velvet inset slip by 'Castle Fine Arts Studio,' Guston.


'Creatures of the Forest.'            Oil.         5.5 x 12.5 ins.            Unavailable.

Two fauns in love, embracing in a forest. Another frame from 'Castle Fine Arts' Guston.

         
             'Creatures of the Forest.'             Pencil.              £150 + Framing costs.

  The drawing working out the composition of two fauns in love, for the unavailable Oil painting called 'Creatures of the forest,' above.


     
       'Titania Encounters Oberon at the Green Man's Gig.'          Oil.         £600.00

An imagined first meeting of the youthful Titania and Oberon at a musical gathering of Faery Folk organized by the Green Man.



'Stonehenge with cows.'            Oil.                Unavailable.

This painting was developed from the coloured pencil drawing below.



'Stonehenge with cows.'       Coloured pencil.        £300.00+Framing costs

        
 'Portrait of Debora Colam.'       Pen, Ink and Acrylic wash.          Unavailable.



An attempt to capture Debora's alluring beauty, inner strength and clever, though sometimes biting humor.


  'The Stone Folk.'    Mixed Media; Found and altered objects.  2005     Unfinished.

As I walk over the shingle on the seashore I study the pebbles that pass beneath my feet. Now and then I see a pebble with a face or symbol, or another feature that calls out to me to pick it up. These can gather and accumulate dust at home. This was an attempt to make practical use of some of those stones. I created a myth of 'the Stone Folk' to accompany this work which was exhibited in my exhibition at Folkestone's George house Gallery in 2005.

'Retrieving a lost soul fragment.'          Acrylic.        30x30cms.           £250.00 

I read a contemporary Shamanism book, where the idea was proposed that at times of great trauma especially in childhood a portion of the soul can 'break away' from the main soul and hide away in some distant place where it feels safe. A shaman can travel out in trance state, find the soul fragment and heal and coax the soul fragment back to  the person who 'houses' the soul. As I believe some of my psychological problems stem from my unhappy childhood, I thought I'd attempt a 'Shamanic painting' to see if it may help to make me 'whole' again. If my intention may be enough. However I don't believe it helped at all.


'Dungeness Crab.'                  Mixed Media.                     Unfinished.


This crab was made in 2010 in my Folkestone Studio, where I lived at the time. It is unfinished to date, and is to be in a Museum display case and could perhaps be displayed in a local museum. It is to have a Latin name and to be in a glass case with a legend of it having been caught off Folkestone, but the species had mutated in Dungeness in the warm waters coming from the Nuclear Power Station. They are apparently spreading along the coasts both sides of Dungeness. They are of particular interest as they have small human hands with which they manipulate and examine things.
The body of the crab is the skull of a goat that I found in a forest in the Eastern Pyrenees. The hole of the crab's mouth is the hole at the back of the skull that permits the spinal chord to enter the vertebral column.


A detail of the 'Dungeness Crab,' showing it's 'Human - like' hands.



'Oh Cherry, oh Cherry, oh Baby.'             Acrylic.              Unavailable.


A portrait of John Colam with his baby daughter Cherry.




           
                        'Max Memorial.'               Acrylic                      Not for Sale.


A portrait of my last dog and best friend Max, who died in 2007.


'Judy'                               Pencil.                                           Unavailable


A portrait of my sister Judy as she was in 1964.


'The Jug-Band Man.'                 Oil                                          Unavailable


A self portrait from a time when I wore a beard, sporting the top hat I wear as uniform for the Jug and skiffle band that I was the Jug, Kazoo player and occasional singer in: 'Charley Boot & the Footsloggers.' It was a comedy band playing a mixture of Jug band classics, Folk Blues, and Skiffle songs.



         'Guitar for Playing Samba.'          Oil on Wood, Mixed Media.         £600.00

I love the warm sensual rhythms of Latin music. One day I came across some unplayable guitars that were dumped in a skip. Looking at the back there was a patina that due to the guitar's shape reminded me of a coloured or black girl's skin. So I painted a nude back on the guitar, with beads of sweat and spotlight highlights. I modeled a face in room-drying clay onto a half polystyrene wig-stand, and placed it on the neck of the guitar. finally I purchased a black wig and eyelashes to finish the effect.        


Side view of 'Guitar for playing Samba.'


'Mother'                           Acrylic                        £450.00

Our species, Homo Sapiens evolved in Africa, and Africa nurtured us until we were ready to move on and inhabit the whole world. So we are all Africans and Africa is the mother of us all. The Lactating breast at the centre of the composition and of Africa, symbolizes this nurturing quality of our motherland.


 'Angels and Demons double sided room dividers.'      Oil

I found a pair of mirror frames after a boot fair and realised that canvas could be laced around them to make an interesting double sided presentation of a painting. I brought them back to my studio and developed the idea.


   This side Demon boy; Angel girl


Angels and Demons double sided room dividers. Oil

The other sides; Angel boy; Demon girl

 
  Angel Boy, Demon Girl.  Oil   2 double sided room dividers, one male themed, one female.
 
                                                  £700.00 Each



  Angel Girl, Demon Boy.  Oil  The other sides of the Dividers.

£1,000 for the two together. (Four paintings.)
 ‘The Green Man, Guardian of the Forest.’   Oil on board    03/04      £900.

Painting such an English image as ‘the green man’ is probably a subconscious reference to my returning here to live and work after 15 years of living in France.
At this time we are destroying our forests at an alarming rate, threatening many creatures with permanent loss of habitat, and extinction. Our actions cause climate change and therefore we threaten ourselves.
We can dream of some spiritual being such as ‘the Green Man’ attacking the forest killers and saving the Earth! But in fact we can find no hope in these dreams. It is us who must save our forests and save ourselves, each of us must rethink our priorities and change ourselves.
Fairies and other nature spirits represent for me the mysterious forces in nature.  When we walk in forests and other wild places we can often sense a presence or feel we are being watched, it is this presence that is symbolised by nature spirits, how else can it be represented? From what source comes the power enabling delicate plants to push up through tarmac and crush concrete, or to conduct chemical warfare with the insects or make medicines for the animal kingdom? For me all this and much more is symbolised by fairies, fawns, dryads, nyads, nymphs, gnomes and such like
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     'Between Heaven and Earth'            Oil            £350.00

 The tree symbolizes the tree of life and it is the connection between the heavens and the Earth. Its roots are in rocks which contain Earth spirits. The rocks symbolize the material world. The Birds at the top of the tree symbolize spirituality and the meditating Buddhist a link between the two.
  In this painting, even material rocks have their spirits, or harbor spirits.


             'Folkestone Harbour Sunset'           Acrylic            Unavailable

 The reflected sunset on the wet sand of the harbour floor seemed brighter than the sunset in the sky. My old dog Max was walking slowly into the sunset.
 
  'Dr. G.'                 Portrait of Dr Gokemre            Oil              Unavailable

   Dr Gokemre is a chemist who had made certain discoveries in her early life. I gave her a background of Molecules as a reference to her scientific background.
 
  

                  'Light after the Storm'           Acrylic               £400.00

  After a storm there was this amazing sunset burning through the blue grey clouds. My dog Max took the foreground and colours on the boats burnt out with unreal brightness.
   
                'The Warren Folkestone'            Acrylic              £400.00

 I love the bay to the east of Folkestone and the Warren behind it, it is one of my favorite parts of the Kent coast. This is a path I frequently use to reach the bay.
     



            Folkestone Harbor Evening           Acrylic            £400.00

I was particularly pleased with the way I caught the light in this painting, the orange glow that hung over the horizon and the reflected light that painted the harbor wall orange.


 
    'Kim Cat Girl'         Fantasy portrait of my daughter Kim         Oil         Unavailable

My daughter Kim is an animal lover and at this time her favorite animals were cats. I painted her seated with a cat and her alter ego as a cat-self standing behind her resting her hands on Kim's shoulders.
 
  'Jason'            Fantasy Portrait of my son Jason           Acrylic               Unavailable

At this time my son, now a mechanic in France, was souping up his scooter. I decided to make the scooter into a jet flying machine. He is doing battle with some sort of mechanical wasps, probably flying machines controlled by Aliens or some other evil beings, big global business men or some evil government.


'The snow queen of Narnia'          Oil and mixed media            £500.00

I found this frame in a junk shop in Margate. It cried out for some heroic figure to be painted in it, someone powerful, strong. I thought it would suit Napoleon, but he had little significance for me. I also thought about people's heroes like William Wallace or Wat Tyler; but finally decided on a fantasy portrait of The Snow Queen of Narnia.  

      
Detail showing the hands penetrating through the canvas of 'The Snow Queen.'


I decided to make her hands penetrate through the canvas so that the picture was a sort of magical 'Portal' for her, through to our world. She has been painted on the verge of breaking into our world, so she threatens us not just in the fantasy world of Narnia, but here in our reality.
    
Portrait of a client's Grandchildren             Oil                  Unavailable.

My client wanted a reminder of her grandchildren at this stage, as they were always changing so fast. She had three separate photos that I combined to create this composition.

   
'A.J.'        Portrait commission of an old dog.        Acrylic          Unavailable

 A.J. was near the end of his days, and his humans wanted a painting of him before he died.


'The Entomologist's Pleasure Dome'
                 Oil                     £1,000.00

Shelly's Poem starts: "In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure dome decree." These evocative words stimulated a fantasy in my mind of an entomologist's pleasure dome, where an eccentric Scientist has created a pleasure dome with jewelled insects and Lovely ladies. Are the huge beetles mechanical or the results of his genetic experiments. Is the winged black girl in costume or the resultant mutant of another genetic experiment? You can decide! I am fascinated by insect life and have always studied them and their complex joints.

‘A household shrine for a God of our time’   (05/2004)   Installation, mixed media.            £1,000.00

This work has probably been influenced by my travels in India in the late 70’s and early 80’s, where I encountered ‘Luxmi’ the Hindu Goddess of wealth, from whom our word ‘luxury’ derives. In appearance there may be influence from medieval Christian Icons.
I often look in skips and in the rubbish bins particularly after car-boot fairs. Other people’s throwaways can often inspire a work of Art and become the raw material for it. One day I found this ‘Twinky-Winky’ in a skip, and was struck by his presence. The purse intrigued me, as I hadn’t ever seen an episode of the ‘Teletubbies’. The presence and power in this old purse-holding much played with Twinky-Winky, quickly suggested a God of wealth and finance. There was a ‘capricious innocence’ about him, that seemed to fit with the idea of a wealth god. Not all who try and work hard, or who have great original ideas manage to find wealth. He seemed to be saying: “Shall I give you some? You’re nice; you can have some! Don’t like you; can’t have any!”
A process of about 4 weeks resulted in this finished work, during which time ‘jewels’ were collected to embellish the outside and inside, and various methods of shrine construction experimented with. ‘Twinky-Winky’ was further aged by rubbing in oil paint, and wax polishing him with brown bee’s wax furniture polish. I wanted an effect where the shrine seemed like an artifact from a past civilization, so that we look at it as if from some time in the future and assess our present civilization accordingly.
On the facade of the shrine is written ‘Gimmie More Money.’ This is the mantra chanted by the followers of the Money God. Those wishing for wealth should stand in front of the shrine, hands together in prayer and repeat the mantra for 20 minutes. Busier people should make a donation to Twinky-Winky that may be returned as financial good fortune many times over.
With this work the Artist is observing that the ultimate God of our civilization is Money. It also poses the question, are we created by God, or do we create our Gods?


The shrine showing the donation box, religions all seek to gain money to support their priests and temples. They always preach humility but keep their priests in comfort often with money donated by simple, frightened poor people.
The Pope is an extreme example of this tendancy.
 
Portrait of a clients best friend, now deceased; and his widow; to be given to her as a memorial.
                Pencil                   Unavailable
 
              
Portrait of a client's Grandfather from an old torn faded photograph.
   Pencil
Unavailable
  
 
'Warrior Kim'          Oil on board               Unavailable

Fantasy Portrait of my Daughter, aged 14

'Reflections on a broken dream'    (2002)        60 x 90 cms       Oil            £1,000.00

The emotion expressed by the painting is the sadness of a finished love affair. The inspiration for the landscape is from the river at Vingrau (where the lady lived) at sunset. The trees were perfectly mirrored in the slow moving water giving a mysterious magical feeling to the evening. In the painting I decided to have a double symmetry on an axis both left to right and top to bottom. This increases the magical quality. In the centre the couple are together yet separate. In their reflection they embrace. Perhaps this is a memory of the passion now passed as they reflect on what was. The painting could also be interpreted as the hope of intimacy to come, if the other inturpretation seems sad.

'The Second Tony Palmer.'    (2002)    Oil on a split slice of Chestnut trunk.     £500.00
     
When I lived in the Eastern Pyrenees, Le Boulou had a biennial competition of fine art. The theme was 'the second universe.'  This was my contribution for the event, that no Artist was awarded the winning prize, though we had all paid to enter the competition.
The board below the self portrait bears the message in French:      
  'The second solar system is found in the second Milky Way galaxy, in the second Universe. In this Solar System the second planet Earth is found. The unfortunate people of the second Earth have very fragile heads that split open at times of great stress and anxiety.'
The painting was done at a time when I realised I couldn't make enough money to live in that part of France, and I'd have to return to England, leaving my children behind with their mother. It encapsulates my worry and anxiety at the time.                


'In a Universe not far from ours'        (2002)         30 x 37 cms        Oil       £250.00

A fun painting inspired while looking at a Television documentary on insects where dung beetles were rolling a ball of dung along the ground. I saw in my head the two beetles flying with the earth between their legs and the rest of the picture evolved in the process of painting.


'Our sick society at the beginning of the third Millennium'        (2002)       20 x 24 cms  
Oil on wood
   £200.00 

The writing is in French as I was living in France at the time. 'Our sick society at the beginning of the third Millennium. Fear, Anxiety, Injustice, Paranoia, Insecurity, Frustration, Perversion.   Around the centre: Selfishness,  Misery, Anger, Self Destruction, Pedophilia.  It was a response to the 'New age Bla-bla' at the time of the new millennium auguring a new golden age  when man evolves spiritually.

'Gaia the source of plenty    (2002)        89 cms diameter        Oil        £600.00

At the centre of the painting Gaia, the universal mother, spirit of the Earth, holds our planet in front of her belly. An endless spiral of plants flows out from the Earth, over the picture frame towards the observer. This represents the abundance of the plant kingdom that nourishes us and provides the air we breathe. Animal diversity is represented by many insects, the most varied class of animals, that crawl over or fly out of the painting.

Detail of 'Gaia the source of plenty.'

'Brenda’s dream'          (2001)          32 x 45 cms            Oil          Unavailable

This is a painting that represents someone else’s dream or fantasy that was described to me.

One night, Brenda dreamt that she was flying on Pegasus above the river Tech that runs alongside the village of Palalda where I used to live in the South of France. I started the painting on this theme and the rest developed while I was painting.

'Autumn in Palalda'        (2001)           61 x 86 cms         Oil                   £500.00

A painting of the view across the valley where I lived in Palalda the Eastern Pyrenees. The vines were growing on my terrace.

'Storm birds leaving Palalda' (Light after the storm) (2001)   54 x 65 cms   Oil   £400.00

After the region was ravaged by a dramatic storm, bright light shon out of the grey gloom,  some of the clouds suggested flying birds to me, so I developed the idea in a drawing, then painting. A lingering shadow of the storm lurked above the horizon,  looking like a menacing shark open mouthed.

'Palalda Sunset        (2001)           40 x 67 cms            Oil             £400.00 

A glorious sunset behind the mountain across the valley from my Palalda home. Painted from the study below.
'Palalda Sunset study'         (2001)         30 x 40 cms         Oil           £250.00

'Summer Song'          (2001)                22 x 27 cms               Oil           £250.00

Just an expression of my love of Nature.
'Tone the lonely gnome'    (2001)      Approx 9 cm diameter      Oil on cork oak       Unavailable

'Morning Glory'       (2001)            60 x 73 cms            Oil              Unavailable

I grew morning glory on my terrace in Palalda where I lived in the Eastern Pyrenees. They grew profusely, with wonderful hues of blue and mauve, I decided to paint some.
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'Enchanted pool'      (2001)      48 x 67 cms       OIL         £600.00

This tree and the pool exist in the forested mountain behind Amélie-Les-Bains. The play of light and shade on the rocks suggest beings and creatures from another reality. This gives a mysterious feeling to the place which I have enhanced by letting my imagination exaggerate and multiply the beings.

'The revelation of the spirit of Castelnou'  (1999)    50 x 60 cms    Acrylic    £600.00

A portrait of Etiennette a Catalan lady, mother of the present mayor (written in 1999) and wife of the previous mayor of Castelnou. When I was working late in my studio/shop, she would often come over with a saucepan of soup or stew to sustain me. Like the last queen of Castelnou, she was known by everyone in the region and she knew everything that happened in the village. So for me, she represented ‘the spirit of Castelnou.’

'Luminous being'    (1999)           30 x 60 cms               Oil               Unavailable

An extra-terrestrial or an angel? This character appeared in a drawing with no planned idea in words on my part and has been developed in this painting.

The Emergence of new man''       (1999)         100 x 90 cms        Oil        £700.00

The sun and moon at the top of the painting represent male and female energy that must be in balance in new man. The chrysalis represents old man with his inflexibility and aggression from which new man is emerging. His pale hairless body suggests the necessary spiritual evolution. He is holding a baby which symbolizes the need for compassion and nurturing in the place of fear and confrontation. The woman’s face looking out of the tree branch of the tree of life, represents mother-nature observing a long waited for evolution in mankind.

'It’s our world'         (1999)            70 x 75 cms          Acrylic              £400.00

The character on the left represents Pan, God of Nature and not the Devil. He appears with nature spirits who are the Earth angels. The central character is the Earth Mother. To the right, an angel and some cherubims represent sky angels. My children at the bottom of the painting represent the future generations who will inherit our Earth. Let’s leave them a worthy inheritance.

'Aphrodite'   (1999)          60 x 75 cms             Oil                 Unavailable

Aphrodite, Goddess of love, rising out of the undergrowth on a sunset evening. Owls, her familiars, gather to her. The goddess represented my lover at the time, a French Artist  with a similar figurative fantasy style to me, Catherine.

'Fairy Party'  (1999)     20 x 72 cms approx    Oil on Chestnut plank    Unavailable

Faerie folk have gathered at the end of winter to make music and make merry to bring on the Spring.

'Fairies that haunt the subconscious(1998)     20x30 cms    Mixed media   £400.00

Not all fairies are delicate fragile girly things!

'Fairies that haunt the subconscious.'                   2004                  £400.00

In 2004 I added another Fairy to the composition. I don't yet have a good photograph of the picture.

'Birth of an idea'       (1998)            18x27 cms          Oil            Unavailable

'La Voyante voyeuse'     (1998)        50 x 60 cms          Oil          £500.00

This painting sprung from the phrase that is its title 'la Voyante Voyeuse.' I imagined a clairvoyant witch who watched other people making love in her Crystal Ball. Her chair back has symbols of both Chinese and European Zodiacs, and symbols from the I-Ching divination system.


'Impermanence'       (1998)           24 x 35 cms             Oil               £400.00

'Time waits for no man,' the Rolling Stones sang, and it waits for nothing that exists; time changes all. The young girl's body will change and sag, the petals will fall off the wilting rose and they will rot, the Death's head moth is a symbol of death, the ultimate change to all living things.


'The last dragon’s egg'     (1997)       40 x 60 cms      Pen and ink       Unavailable

This sylph figure appeared on a pencil drawing I made, without any idea of the identity of the figure. I didn't know for sometime what she was holding, perhaps a small animal, but then it seemed to want to be a crystal, or an egg. I decided it was an egg, and it was the last Dragon's egg, after foolish knights had endangered the species. This was the last egg, and she was its guardian. I decided to work the drawing up to a pen and ink drawing.


'Shamen in bird costumes'         (1997)        60 x 80 cms         Oil            £500.00

The female figure in the foreground is lit by a light source, perhaps a ritual fire or streak of lightning from the storm. The two have bird costumes that are utilised in their rituals enabling their souls to travel out of their bodies.

Shaman in bird costume''     (1997)         24 x 31 cms          Pastel          £200.00

A pastel drawing finding expression for the emotions emerging from the end of the love story mentioned below.


'Angel with fire bird'       (1997)           60 x 80 cms             Oil              £500.00

Based on my then Japanese lover ‘Chika’ reflecting our sadness at the end of our love story that was unable to run its course.

'A Thousand summers'        (1996)         45 x 61 cms            Oil            £500.00

A portrait of a wonderful Japanese lover Chika, who said her name means ‘A thousand summers’.

'Celtic thinking'   (1995)      Commission     20 x 30 cms       Acrylic       Unavailable.

A commission from a Breton Celtic client who wanted a painting that expressed his life and interests.

'Decorated chair'         (1994)            Commission          Acrylic            Unavailable

This chair was commissioned by another Celtic Breton, who wanted an unusual gift for his newly born first nephew called Mael.

'Statue of Hercules in the garden of Goldney Hall'    (1994)     Commission     Oil     Unavailable

The statue is found in the grounds of Goldney Hall, Bristol. The painting was commissioned by Dr Paul Oprey, then chief warden.


The card produced from the drawing below of the Grotto at Goldney Hall, produced for sale to Grotto visitors.
It was reproduced from the drawing below.

'The Grotto at Goldney'   (1993)   COMMISSION  Pen, Ink & wash.     Unavailable

A commission from Dr. Paul Oprey at the time chief warden, Goldney College, Bristol University.


'Fire and Ice'                  Acrylic                                     £300.00

Fire and ice are two opposites that can't be united. The fire burns with passion, constantly rippling and flickering. The ice freezes solid and is immovable. What will become of them?




'Once upon a time'          (1993)          45 x 60 cms         Oil         £600.00

A nostalgic painting about another time and place with music and merrymaking among a multitude of different sorts of folk all enjoying the company of each other.



'Goodbye Charlie'    (1992)          20 x 26.5 cms          Pencil               Unavailable

A drawing made after I found my cat, Charlie, on Christmas morning, shot twice, killed by French hunters.



Earth Mother Mandala''        (1989)         27 x 21 cms         Acrylic         £400

All three Mandalas for £1,000

Mandalas are pictures that aid meditation. Our attention is drawn towards and held by  the centre of the design.

In the ‘Earth Mother Mandala’, the symbolic vagina and the breast at the centre symbolize the source of our existence and our nourishment. The four elements; earth, air, fire and water are represented at the four corners of the painting with four states of womanhood.



'Egyptian Mandala'        (1988)         27 x 21 cms         Acrylic         £400.00

In the ‘Egyptian Mandala’ I used ancient Egyptian symbols and I combined them in  my own way to produce the Mandala.



'Spiral Mandala'            (1988)             27 x 21 cms          Acrylic              £400

‘Spiral Mandala’ was the first of the three mandalas and was created as a poster for the exhibition ‘Sacred Realms’ in London 1988.


'The Suffering Sea'       (1988)       32 x 47 cms          Acrylic           Unavailable

A cry of revolt and sadness against the pollution of the seas. By polluting our planet we run the risk of destroying ourselves. The central figure represents a sea spirit.

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'The empress of the tarot'      (1988)     32 x 47 cms     Acrylic     Unavailable

A portrait of my ex-wife Lise, pregnant with our first child Kim. In 'the mythic Tarot,' the empress card represents Demeter, source of life, the Earth mother. She symbolizes fertility.


Pan’s Garden  (1987)    COMMISSION      55 x 75 cms    Oil      Unavailable

The world is Pan’s garden. From the green English countryside to tropical rain forests and snow-capped mountain ranges, wherever there is life there is Pan. He represents the male principle in nature and in each of us, as the Earth mother represents the female.



'Return from the Shrine'        (1987)        46 x 56 cms        Oil          Unavailable

This is a landscape that is 'elsewhere,' but just alongside 'here.' The skin separating different realities is thinner than the skin of a rice pudding. sometimes we slip through and bring back our memories and visions.


 
'Nightmare'       (1987)         42 x 32 cms         Mixed media           Unavailable

An attempt to express the atmosphere of a nightmare where I was rescued by a white flying horse, from trudging through thick syrupy slime, while trying to escape from a blazing Roman chariot


'Voyage on a dragon’s back'    (1987)       22 x 30 cms         Acrylic         £500.00

I sketched the dragon from the side of a Chinese vase. I wanted to produce a fun happy dragon, rather than a menacing European one. This Dragon is playfully giving two girls a ride.

'The Primeval Egg'      (1987)        60 x 80 cms          Acrylic           £1,000      

(Written in 1987)
This is a creation myth incorporating the creation, or ‘re-creation’ of the creator. Our physicists tell us that we live in an expanding and contracting universe which is at present expanding. Hundreds of years before this, Hindu mystics told us that the expansion and contraction of the universe is like the breaths of God and that between successive creations, Vishnu drew the universe into his body which reclined in the Golden Egg of Brahma. After a period of time the universe is recreated from his dreams.
I imagined the entire multidimensional universe’s expansion ended, and its contraction into an egg of light; so that all the parts return to the centre. It seems to me that any concept of God must view him as ‘all that exists’, the one. This moment of unification would result in the ‘material substance’ of God having one concrete form. This would surely renew and regenerate ‘the one’, so inside the egg I have a foetus, not an adult. I cannot conceive of a God in a state of perfection, as perfection is a state from which we can only decline from or stagnate in, not progress from. Thus a vigorous creative God must be constantly changing; becoming, always growing.
In the painting the egg of light has burst open to reveal the sleeping creator whose dreams float out into realms of probability where they await the evolution of favourable conditions to achieve actuality. An aura of galaxies is being flung into space from the egg; energy becoming matter.


'Leo' a detail from 'Primeval Egg'.



'The One behind the many'    (1987)     75 x 60 cms    Acrylic      £700.00    

(Written in 1987)

Above all this is an attempt to give symbolic form to the formless. In the center an androgynous face surrounded by a rippling halo of coloured light speaks the words “I am”. This face represents ‘the one’, a personification of ‘all that is’ unified as a being. Drifting out through a tunnel of lights are a few of the aspects of ‘the one’ that have fulfilled the needs of the mass psyche for certain periods of time for various groups of people. I believe we create our own Deities on in accordance to our needs.
There are circles or ‘bubbles’ containing Isis, Venus, Pan, Jesus crucified and as a part of the Nativity, Buddha, Eloim (taken from Blake’s ‘Eloim creating Adam’, as Blake’s white bearded figures have become the archetypal image for the God of the Old Testament,) Krishna, Shiva and a fertility Deity from South Africa. All represent aspects of the same unknown creator.
The essential message is that we are all part of the  one. We are, along with everything else, made of ‘God stuff’ and ours along with all other consciousness is ‘God consciousness’. While God is greater than the sum of its parts, we are all unique parts of that whole.

'Endless flow'       (1987)          48 x58 cms          Acrylic           Unavailable

A second attempt to express a psychological experience I had, a vision that played like a film in my head. Endlessly all that is was flowing out from an eye. The first attempt is below.


'The Source'        (1986)            45 x 58 cms             Acrylic              Unavailable

This is another personal creation myth. The eye at the center of the painting symbolizes consciousness and intelligence. It is throwing out matter which is changing into plants, animals and all that we know. Everything springs from the same source and is composed of the same material; 'God stuff.' The center of the painting represents the life forms that we experience with our senses alone. The border represents the macrocosm and microcosm of planets and life forms that we can only experience using our technology, telescopes and microscopes etc. The idea for this painting came to me like a film projected inside my brain. The painting tries to explain an experience that lasted several minutes. It represents a fixed moment in a flow of  images.

'Dragon Slayer'        (1986)          19 x 26 cms        Pen and Ink         £300.00

A knight in armor does aerial battle with a flying Dragon. His steed is a Butterfly, able to rapidly change direction, rise, fall and alter speed. 


'Listening to Nature'        (1986)         Pen, Ink and Wash          Unavailable

A fantasy picture for a children's fantasy novel I wrote over some years.
A boy, Nigel, is talking to 'Portal,' an ancient hollow tree that can move between dimensions of different realities.

'Forest friends'   (1986)      25 x 33 cms       Pen, Ink and wash       Unavailable

An Illustration for a Children's Fantasy book I wrote but never found a publisher for.
Nigel, a 'loner and outsider' is alone in a forest. Drawn and coloured as a 'frontispiece.'
(The first illustration in a hard back book after the front cover.)

 



'In memory of nature spirits'  (1986)   37 x 51 cms    Pen, Ink and wash   Unavailable

A view of the countryside without the diminution of wild flowers due to Farmer's overuse of chemicals. Where are the Nature Spirits now? Have we killed them with our chemicals? Or have they moved away to another more hospitable reality?



'Dragon rider'  (1986)  20 x 30 cms   Pen, Ink and wash

In the infinity of the universe there must be millions of planets inhabited by people with cultures unlike ours. Some beings may be very different from us in appearance, while others on similar planets to our Earth may resemble us. This drawing represents a being like us but with a different culture; about to mount and ride her domesticated dragon.


'Unity in diversity'   (1986)      32 x 39 cms       Pen, Ink and wash        £350.00

This painting is about the unity of opposites forming the whole. Birth and death, male and female, plant and animal are all springing from one source.  This was painted at the time of the last visit of Haley’s comet and it is represented here as a visiting consciousness passing through behind the Earth. It started with the freely drawn curve of the back of the head, with no idea what would follow. Then I drew my face, looking in a mirror.  Drawn when I lived in Fataga a mountain village in Gran Canary,  we had spent Christmas in a cave in an isolated bay far from tourists or habitations. I had caught an octopus in a deep pool and we cooked it with rice and vegetables we'd brought with us. Perhaps this suggested the octopus form, with the tentacles changing intomany different forms.



  'Down Hill From Here!
'      (1986)         Pen and Ink                Unavailable

A freely drawn spontaneous image that came the only time I have really been aware of the passage of time and its affect on all things including the self.


'The Artist distracted by his fantasies while drawing in the mountains'   (1986)
Pen, Ink and wash          £300.00

I lived in Fataga village in the mountains above Plya del Inglese, Gran Canaria, where I was teaching English for a couple of years. I would walk over and through the mountains and find little bays on the coast off the tourist route. This drawing, and the one below were done on such trips and finished in my studio.


The temptation of St. Anthony        Pen, Ink and wash      1986       £300.00 

A drawing started in an isolated bay far from tourists, and finished later at home in Fataga.


She walks by moonlight       (1985)      23 x 30 cms        Pencil       Unavailable

On full moon nights everything is possible. In the moonlight, mysterious beings and nature spirits wander through the countryside. This pencil drawing is an evocation of one such being, and a fantasy portrait of my then wife Lise.



Meeting of the Sun and Moon    (1985)     20 x 30 cms    Pen and Ink    SOLD   

Destination unknown   (1985)        SOLD     55 x 50 cms      OIL      Unavailable

Two travelers are on a mysterious journey into the unknown. Their magical boat takes them along the river of their lives, where perhaps unknown dangers and rewards await them. Are they ‘tiny’ travelers in a ‘real’ world, or human travelers in a huge world? It is for the observer to decide. Anyway, adventure awaits them. I'm still traveling through my life, my destination unknown.

Full Moon Rising.        (1984)        25 x 17 cms      Pen and Ink           £450.00

Legend has it that Unicorns can only be seen and approached by young virgins. A young virgin encounters a Unicorn on a full moon night.

The Wizard        (1984)          25 x 17 cms           Pen and Ink         £450.00

A wizard, guardian of the Forest accompanied by owl colleagues, watches intruders in his domain.


Nature Studies  (1983)    20 x 30 cms     Pen Ink and Acrylic wash.    Unavailable

I have always been inspired by the vitality and diversity of nature. These three paintings were drawn in pen and ink in nature and were coloured in my studio. They represent the changing seasons; Spring, Summer and Autumn.

AUTUMN

SPRING

SUMMER

I drew these pictures from life in Canada, sitting in the field outside the Cabin we lived in. Particularly when I drew in the summer I was surprised to find Grass hoppers that jumped onto my bare legs chewed at my skin until I bled, if not shooed off.

All three pictures are Unavailable

Walking The dragon     (1983)       20 x 30 cms       Pen, ink and Acrylic wash.      Unavailable

Drawn and painted in the bush in Canada, in memory of the west coast of Mallorca. A woman looks wistfully out to sea as her pet Dragon growls at circling Gulls. A portrait of my then wife Lise.

This and the image below were drawn for greetings cards.

These cards were drawn in black ink to be printed by photocopy before they were coloured. This time was pre-personal computers, so it was only practical to reproduce them in black and white. The cards were sold in an artist's cooperative I joined which had its own shared shop.

Traveling companions   (1983)   20 x 30 cms   Pen, ink and Acrylic wash.    Unavailable

A questing adventurer and his feline companion pause to study a castle along their way. Will there be great rewards there, or are there hidden dangers lurking in the castle’s depths? Drawn in Canada for a fantasy greetings card, in memory of the west coast of Mallorca.

Mushroom Fairy    (1983)    16.5 x 25 cms     Etching: If any are left,    £60.00

Early Spring magic      (1983)         35 x 50 cms        Acrylic          Unavailable

In the magical time of spring Nature wakes up, creatures pair up and mate  to renew their species and keep the wheel of life turning. Here Pan, or a faun plays his pipe as Nature Spirits fly around in the air, making Spring spells. Two Owls kiss beaks in the tree, a pair of humans embrace and kiss, and two frogs in the foreground are lip to lip. 

Nearly the end of the game(1983)   35 x 50 cms  Pen, Ink and Acrylic wash.   Unavailable

A poster/illustration commissioned by Pontiac Anti-Nuclear Action Committee, Shawville, Canada, who used it to illustrate an article in ‘The Toronto Clarion’ newspaper on October 7th 1983 and later in ‘The Equity’ newspaper on October 26th 1983 marking ‘The International day of disarmament’.

Solitude           (1983)           40 x 50 cms            Acrylic           Unavailable

Perhaps this paintings expresses the calm and peace of the solitude of life in the cabin out in the bush shared with my then wife, Lise.


Fly Agaric Fairy    (1983)       8 x 12 cms      Etching      If a few  remain, £30.00


Universal Mother         (1982)        16 x 29 cms         Acrylic          Unavailable

I lived for just under 2 years in a cabin in the bush in Quebec, Canada, 25 miles from the nearest village. There was no electricity, but oil lamps, no piped water, but a well and hand pump. Cooking and heating was an old cast iron wood-burning range. Bare in mind the worst winter nights went down to -40! Baths were done in a tin bath in front of the range that heated the water.  It was a wonderful time  of closeness to nature. This painting  was made there, on Birch bark peeled from a silver Birch tree, and stuck to a cherry wood support. It is a fantasy showing the Universal Mother, creator of all, striding through her universe of galaxies; as if striding through water. Her likeness was based on my wife Lise, a French Canadian lady I met in Mallorca.


Prisoner in the tower   (1982)       50 x 45 cms            Acrylic          Unavailable

A portrait of my ex-wife Lise, in the Fantasy role of Rapunzel, about to be rescued by  her Knight.

Mysterious Deya twilight      (1981)      50 x 40 cms       Acrylic         Unavailable

When I lived in Palma de Mallorca I often went to the  beautiful old  village of Deya, then without Hotels, and too remote for tourists. This fantasy had Deya's church in the mountainous background.

 
Full moon lady – Experience     (1981)    15 x 25 cms     Pen and Ink     Unavailable

 
Full moon lady – Innocence     (1981)      15 x 25 cms      Pen and Ink   Unavailable

Wasp Queen No. 2   (1981)   40 x 30 cms     Pen, ink & acrylic wash    Unavailable

Revelation of Ying-Yang while meditating on a flower   (1981)    20 x 30 cms   Pencil   Unavailable

The Earth Mother’s spirit    (1980)      34.5 x 44 cms        Acrylic       £500.00

Plastic doll encountered by fairies    (1980)      20 x 30 cms    Acrylic   Unavailable

When visiting a sister, I found a much played with Barbie doll belonging to my niece Izzy in the garden undergrowth. I hadn't come across a Barbie doll before, and wondered what Faerie folk would make of it if they encountered it on a quest.

Watching and waiting  (1980)       SOLD       20 x 30 cms       Acrylic    Unavailable

A lonely woman looks out to sea on a full moon night. In the foreground a Little Owl stalks  prey. Who is the lady waiting for? There is an emotion of sadness and longing encapsulated in the painting that I produced and sold when living in Palma de Mallorca.


Indian dawn        (1980)            42 x 32 cms          Acrylic             Unavailable

In 1978-9 I first traveled around India for 8 months after a very successful exhibition in Bognor Regis. Towards the end of my visit, due to finances running out, I was traveling down from the Himalayas in a bus heading for New Delhi, when my passport and money were stolen as I slept.
I had been given the address of a Sadhu, Om Prakash Baba in Mehrali village, and I stayed with him for a couple of months or more sharing gifts of food from his community. With him I learnt much about the Hindu pantheon. This painting is an imagined image of Lord Krishna and a bathing Gopi.

Beatrice and the Bilsham fairies   (1978)      Commission      46 x 60 cms      Oil

Beatrice's Grandmother commissioned this painting of her grand daughter. I placed her in a Garden, surrounded by Fairies, one of them, behind her is a reference to Mick Jagger from the Stones 'Satanic Majesty's Request' album cover, that I happened to be listening to as I painted.


Detail of 'Beatrice and the Bilsham Fairies'
A fairy coming from her bouquet, offers Beatrice a magical grain to eat. Will she shrink down to fairy size....  or become a giant?

Long eared owl       (1978)        SOLD        20 x 30 cms         Oil          Unavailable

I love to experience Nature, of which I am a part; NOT apart from. From time to time I have painted or drawn wildlife without any Fantasy added, this is an example.

Almost there   (1978)           28 x 18 cms         Mixed Media       SOLD

An attempt to create a painting about building up to a female orgasm, through watching the process closely, talking to the lady about it and thinking of my own process of orgasm. A Portrait of my girlfriend at the time, Carol.


Traveling Deva   (1978)   SOLD     20 x 30 cms    Pen, ink acrylic wash   Unavailable


Lord of the flies   (1978)         20 x 30 cms          Acrylic wash       
SOLD   


Wasp Queen         (1978)          20 x 30 cms          Acrylic wash     
Unavailable            

Blue Diamond        (1978)        30 x 40 cms            OIL           Unavailable
  

COMMISSION (delivered, accepted and awaiting payment from wealthy Sussex farmer since 1978)


 
Nature girl        (1978)          25 x 35 cms              Acrylic         Unavailable

A portrait of Carol, my Girlfriend at the time as a Spirit of Nature.


Pekoe Orange poster  (1978)      COMMISSION     30 x 40 cms           Unavailable

A friend from Art Collage, the only friend I still have from those times, who formed a jug-band with me and other friends, is the singer song writer Dave Blosse. After he left Art College he had a Country Rock band in London; 'Pekoe Orange.' They were played on the radio, they played at the Marquee and other big venues, were on the cusp of making it, then out came Punk.... everything changed. I created this poster for them as they were on their ascendance.


Dragon Hunters      (1974)           1m x1m            Oil           
  SOLD

In another world or time,  Dragon Hunters fly  from their pinnacle castles embarking on their hunting trips to rid their world of this dangerous menace.

Towards unity and peace         (1978)              1.50 x 1.25 m            Oil             Unavailable

People come from the East and the West, and meet in crowds and listen to the words of Buddha and Jesus. meanwhile in the foreground a bored child has found a fairy in the undergrowth. He's listening to Nature.

Inaccessible world       (1973)          100 x 75 cms        Oil          Unavailable

The garden of Persephone      (1972)      100 x 75 cm       Oil          SOLD

Persephone rises from the underworld, bringing spring. A fantasy portrait of my first wife, sculptress Marie Johnson.

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