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The following ‘globe’  work is an expression of fascination with the patterning and texture of particles, minutiae and intricacy in the microsopic . The dynamic in this series of mixed media paintings stems from forcing together the macroscopic and the microscopic – spanning the distance between the tiniest fragment to the vast mass we call ‘planet’.

Mixed media on canvas (61cm x 61cm)  2007

Mixed media on canvas (61cm x 61cm) 2007

Perhaps all of our experiences are either firstly of the whole, in which we give up our sense of self, and secondly experiences of parts, in which we focus down on some defined object.

Mixed media on canvas 80cm x 80cm

Mixed media on canvas (80cm x 80cm) 2007

The following is a quote from ‘The Magic of Metaphor’ by Nick Owen: “Why structures and patterns?” asked the Young Apprentice.

“Your brain is a meaning-making organisation,” replied the Magician. “It actively seeks out patterns in order to impose meaning and understanding on events and information. ….

Mixed media on canvas (80cm x 80cm)  2007

Mixed media on canvas (80cm x 80cm) 2007

It seeks out relationships between things and organises the results into hierarchies of information that will be easy to store and remember. …

Detail of of picture above

Detail of of painting above

It chunks up to generalisation and abstraction and chunks down to detail and precision.”

Mixed media on canvas (80cm x 80cm)  2007

Mixed media on canvas (80cm x 80cm) 2007

“Can you give me an example?” …….

Detail of painting above

Detail of painting above

“Sure, here’s a simple one. How do you remember the colours of the rainbow in the correct sequence?”

“That’s easy: VIBGYOR!” ….

Mixed media on canvas (91.5cm x 91.5cm)  2007

Mixed media on canvas (91.5cm x 91.5cm) 2007

“Exactly, your mnemonic VIBGYOR is a generalisation, a higher level of information than the details it triggers: violet, indigo, blue, green yellow, orange, red.”

Detail of painting above

Detail of painting above

The Palaeolithic era held a different kind of spirituality than today. For the San people of Africa the painting of elands were far more than mere pictures. According to the research of David Lewis-Williams in ‘The Mind in the Cave’ (Thames & Hudson), an old woman of San descent whose father had been a shaman-artist explained that eland blood contained potency and that it was mixed with paint. Lewis-Williams believes that shamans probably painted ‘while in a ‘normal’ state of consciousness, recalling their vivid glimpses of the spirit world and making power-filled images of those visions’. 

Cave Painting - 14,ooo BC

Cave Painting - 14,000 B.C. (80cm x 80cm) Mixed media on canvas 2009

As I was painting this I was filled with awe at how the original could be represented with such skill and accuracy on a large scale in a cave devoid of light. The image must have been deeply embedded in the mind of the shaman (if that is what he/she was). The animal seems to have been profoundly important beyond the food factor. The eland paintings appear to have had many significant spiritual meanings.

I wonder what a cave painter would depict in the 21st C.  As our animals are now a commodity would it be something likes this? ……..

2000 A.D. - Cave Painting (80cm x 80cm)

2000 A.D. - Cave Painting (80cm x 80cm) Mixed media on canvas 2009

I know the Sussex coastline very well. I used to walk along the pebble beach and look 300ft up at the beautiful white cliff face trying to comprehend how many millions of years and sea shells it represents.

Mixed media on canvas  (102cm x 82cm)  2003

Mixed media on canvas (102cm x 82cm) 2003

Ancient walls, rock surfaces, cliff faces – they have all embedded certain memories in my mind.

Cave Wall - Mixed media on board (60cm x 60cm)  2003

Cave Wall - Mixed media on board (60cm x 60cm) 2003

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