Friday, 18 January 2013

Paintings 1999-2002

Here are some of my early paintings, 24 out of 100 I made during this period.

It was a focused and determined period of painting for me. Drawing out the subconscious motifs from my dreams, exploring mediumship and shamanic journeying. Projecting distilled elements of my psyche onto the white expanse of clouded sky above me, envisaged as a blank canvas, to have it reflected back through the spectrum of my imagination.  Wilhelm Reich's orgone, his scintillating skies.

This is the visual language I used to describe the internal landscapes stirred up by the tendrils of my curiosity. The medium is oil on board.

The Helping Hand
8.5 x 11.5"

The Long Hello
5.75 x 11"

Amazed Spectator
15.75 x 8"

Trees I
3.75 x 18"
Trees II
3.75 x 18"

3.75 x 18"

Opening Up
3.75 x 18"

3.75 x 18"

Psychological Turbulence
15.75 x 7"

Sliding Through
10 x 8.5"

11 x 18.5"

Root Canal Treatment
9.75 x 18.5"

Hailing New Ideas
24 x 24"

Whirlpool Warning
24 x 24"
The inspiration for this painting came from a childhood memory. 
Years after making the painting I came across this photograph, which I'd never seen before, of the memory in question.

Far Away
12 x 44"

Something Strange in the Garden
11.5 x 44"

Alman Almana (The Protector)
31.5 x 4"
There's a story behind this painting. I lived next door to a medium and she had sittings with a wealthy banker. During one of these sittings she spoke of an ebony man. That night I dreamed of the ebony man and was told his name is Alman Almana the protector. And so it is...

What Is Left Behind
20 x 38.5"

The Tallest Tree
13.5 x 9"

Prairie Dog
17.25 x 24"

The Thirteenth Dimension
24 x 30"

Eye Spy
10.5 x 24