territory - cyanotype

territory

Aoraki/Mount Cook Cyanotype c.14x24cm Varied edition “Before maps, the world was limitless. It was maps that gave it shape and made it seem like territory, like something that could be possessed, not just laid waste and plundered. Maps made places on the edges of the imagination seem graspable and placable.” -abdulrazak gurnah, By the Sea

two big rocks - cyanotype

two big rocks

Aoraki/Mount Cook Cyanotype c.14x24cm Varied edition “For the stone from the top for geologists, the knowledge of the limits of endurance for the doctors, but above all for the spirit of adventure to keep alive the soul of man.” ― george mallory

the moon and the mountain - cyanotype

the moon and the mountain

Aoraki/Mount Cook Cyanotype c.20x20cm Varied edition “For the stone from the top for geologists, the knowledge of the limits of endurance for the doctors, but above all for the spirit of adventure to keep alive the soul of man.” ― george mallory

waitaiki - linocut

waitaiki

This image was inspired by a greenstone (pounamu) tiki I made, with a lot of help from Steve and Aaron, at Bonz’n’Stonz in Hokitika, What I can remember of the origin of pounamu, as told to me by Aaron… The taniwha Poutini captured a beautiful woman named Waitaiki in the North Island.  When Waitaiki’s husband…

i'll meet you there - painting

i’ll meet you there

UK vs. Europe, Scotland vs England … these are disconcerting, divisive times. Wishing you all peace and love. Acrylic & collage on 640gsm Fabriano paper 38x28cm £150 “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” -rumi

the seismologists - painting

the seismologists

New Zealand is located on the boundary of the Australian and Pacific tectonic plates so experiences earthquakes regularly. Acrylic & collage on 640gsm Fabriano paper 28x38cm £150 “Earth is ancient now, but all knowledge is stored up in her.  She keeps a record of everything that has happened since time began.  Of time before time,…

the singer - paint

the singer

On listening to Leonard Cohen … Acrylic & collage on 640gsm Fabriano paper 28x38cm £150 “Well my friends are gone and my hair is gray I ache in the places where I used to play And I’m crazy for love but I’m not coming on I’m just paying my rent every day in the tower…

the musician - panting

the musician

On listening to Leonard Cohen … Acrylic & collage on 640gsm Fabriano paper 28x38cm £150 “Well my friends are gone and my hair is gray I ache in the places where I used to play And I’m crazy for love but I’m not coming on I’m just paying my rent every day in the tower…

the composer - painting

the composer

On listening to Leonard Cohen … Acrylic & collage on 640gsm Fabriano paper 28x38cm £150 “Well my friends are gone and my hair is gray I ache in the places where I used to play And I’m crazy for love but I’m not coming on I’m just paying my rent every day in the tower…

find - painting

find

DNA is a molecule composed of two chains that coil around each other to form a double helix.  DNA carries the genetic instructions used in the growth, development, functioning, and reproduction of all known living organisms and many viruses. DNA strands are composed of simpler units called nucleotides.  Each nucleotide is composed of one of…

search - painting

search

DNA is a molecule composed of two chains that coil around each other to form a double helix.  DNA carries the genetic instructions used in the growth, development, functioning, and reproduction of all known living organisms and many viruses. DNA strands are composed of simpler units called nucleotides.  Each nucleotide is composed of one of…

ladies, a plate I

ladies, a plate

In the olden days in New Zealand, the phrase “Ladies a plate” on an invitation was a request to bring a plate of food to share.  This request is now more egalitarian – “please bring a plate” results in all genders bringing food to the event. Acrylic & collage on board Diameter 40cm Varied edition:…

clydeside reid

James Reid became internationally recognised in the early 1970s, when he led Upper Clyde shipbuilders in an attempt to stop Edward Heath’s Conservative government from closing shipyards on the River Clyde.  With his colleagues Jimmy Airlie, Sammy Gilmore and Sammy Barr, he organised a ‘work-in’ to demonstrate the viability of Clydeside shipyards, instead of a…

tunnocks madonna v - collage

the tunnock’s madonna

A common pastime at my primary school was collecting and swapping scraps – die-cut paper images. The scrapbook was an old paperback, each page containing a single scrap or set – the same design in different sizes.  At playtime, collectors exchanged scrap books and thumbed through the pages, poking scraps of interest out of the…

the winter's tale - digital collage

the winter’s tale

A common pastime at my primary school was collecting and swapping scraps – die-cut paper images. The scrapbook was an old paperback, each page containing a single scrap or set – the same design in different sizes.  At playtime, collectors exchanged scrap books and thumbed through the pages, poking scraps of interest out of the…

the weyward sisters - digital collage

the weyward sisters

A common pastime at my primary school was collecting and swapping scraps – die-cut paper images. The scrapbook was an old paperback, each page containing a single scrap or set – the same design in different sizes.  At playtime, collectors exchanged scrap books and thumbed through the pages, poking scraps of interest out of the…

far away and long ago - collage

far away and long ago

A common pastime at my primary school was collecting and swapping scraps – die-cut paper images. The scrapbook was an old paperback, each page containing a single scrap or set – the same design in different sizes.  At playtime, collectors exchanged scrap books and thumbed through the pages, poking scraps of interest out of the…

an ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest - collage

an ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest

A common pastime at my primary school was collecting and swapping scraps – die-cut paper images. The scrapbook was an old paperback, each page containing a single scrap or set – the same design in different sizes.  At playtime, collectors exchanged scrap books and thumbed through the pages, poking scraps of interest out of the…

pictures at an exhibition - collage

pictures at an exhibition

A common pastime at my primary school was collecting and swapping scraps – die-cut paper images. The scrapbook was an old paperback, each page containing a single scrap or set – the same design in different sizes.  At playtime, collectors exchanged scrap books and thumbed through the pages, poking scraps of interest out of the…

the great herdswoman digital collage

the great herdswoman

Buachaille Etive Mòr is Gaelic for ‘the Great Herdsman of Etive’.  I think the pyramidal shape is more like a skirt than trousers, however  … For Tina. Digtal collage Where there is matter, there is geometry. -johannes kepler

form - screenprint

form

Buachaille Etive Mòr stands between Glen Etive and Glen Coe.   Its pyramidal shape makes it one of the most easily recognisable mountains in Scotland. Screenprint 28x37cm Edition: 10 prints £120 Where there is matter, there is geometry. -johannes kepler

let the sky fall - screenprint

let the sky fall

Over millennia, rocks tumble from mountains such as Buachaille Etive Mòr and are converted into gravel and sand by fast flowing rivers like the River Etive. Screenprint 25x40cm Edition: 10 prints Where there is matter, there is geometry. -johannes kepler

the surface of deeptime - screenprint

the surface of deeptime

Buachaille Etive Mor was created by eruption of the Glen Coe volcano over 400 million years ago and sculpted into its current form since then by weather, gravity and glaciers. Screenprint 21x30cm Edition: 6 prints £90 Where there is matter, there is geometry. -johannes kepler

stob dearg - screenprint

stob dearg

Stob Dearg – the Red Peak. Buachaille Etive Mòr takes the form of a ridge nearly five miles long, with four main peaks: Stob Dearg (1022 m), Stob na Doire (1011 m), Stob Coire Altruim (941 m) and Stob na Bròige (956 m). Screenprint 21x30cm Edition: 5 prints £90 Where there is matter, there is…

buachaille ii - screenprint

buachaille ii

Buachaille Etive Mòr stands between Glen Etive and Glen Coe.   Its pyramidal shape makes it one of the most easily recognisable mountains in Scotland. Screenprint 21x30cm Edition: 10 prints £90 Where there is matter, there is geometry. -johannes kepler

plan & elevation - cyanotype

plan & elevation

Buachaille Etive Mòr stands between Glen Etive and Glen Coe.   Its pyramidal shape makes it one of the most easily recognisable mountains in Scotland. Cyanotype 20x27cm Varied edition £90 Where there is matter, there is geometry. -johannes kepler

braw - cyanotype

braw

It’s a braw, bricht moonlicht nicht … Buachaille Etive Mòr stands between Glen Etive and Glen Coe.   Its pyramidal shape makes it one of the most easily recognisable mountains in Scotland. Cyanotype 20x27cm Varied edition £90 Where there is matter, there is geometry. -johannes kepler

the vanity of human endeavour - screenprint

the vanity of human endeavour

McCaig’s Tower over Oban …. while above, wheeling gulls frame a full moon. Screenprint Varied edition: 6 prints £45 For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return. -leonardo da vinci

fibonacci Venus - screenprint

fibonacci venus

You are more beautiful than the Fibonacci sequence …. Italian mathematician Fibonacci (c.1175-1250) analysed the growth of a population of rabbits based on idealized assumptions.  The result was a sequence of numbers which have become known as the Fibonacci sequence. In the Fibonacci sequence, each number is the sum of the previous two numbers.  This sequence…

fugue

In 1964, an article in a journal called the Fibonacci Quarterly demonstrated that Bach’s composition The Art of Fugue exploits the Fibonacci sequence of numbers that recurs again and again in the natural world: in the spiral patterns visible in sunflowers and pine cones, and in the expanding coil of the nautilus shell Screenprint Varied…

elements of trigonometry - collage

elements of trigonometry

Collages inspired by the beauty of trigonometry, the branch of mathematics that descibes relationships between the sides and angles of triangles. The collages incorporate pages from “The Elements of Trigonometry” by W. Emerson, 1788 and features a 19th century wood engraving, familiar from the work of Fornasetti. Collage – vintage book paper, screenprint, origami paper,…

Let me breathe - cyanotype

let me breathe

On listening to Kate Bush’s Breathing … We inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide.  Trees inhale carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen. Plant more trees. Varied edition: 4 prints 13 x 8 cm £30 “In nature nothing exists alone.” -rachel carson

quote

“I know about me.  I am the moon’s sister, a tidal child stranded on land. The sea always in my ear, a surf of eternal discontent in my blood.” -keri hulme

the remembering - acrylic on paper

the remembering

The archaeological record is the body of physical evidence of human prehistory and history.  Databases of field notes and photographic images are a crucial repository of knowledge about human civilisations. This image features New Zealand petroglyphs. Acrylic & collage on Fabriano 640gsm paper 28x28cm $150 The life of the dead is placed in the memory…

the weight of memory - mixed media

the weight of memory

The archaeological record is the body of physical evidence of human prehistory and history.  Evidence can easily be destroyed by natural catastrophes or human activity, such as land development, war, tourism or even inexpert archaeological investagtions. Online databases of field notes and photographic images are a crucial repository of knowledge about human civilisations. This image…

the new world has old stories - mixed media

the new world has old stories

Petroglyphs are found in limestone caves and shelters in the South Island of New Zealand.  They are thought to date from the 15th century, New Zealand’s ‘Moa Hunter’ period. Acrylic & collage on Fabriano 640gsm paper 28x28cm $150 To understand and reconnect with our stories, the stories of the ancestors, is to build our identities.…

mark rothko quote

It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. This is the essence of academism. There is no such thing as good painting about nothing. -mark rothko

James Cook V - mixed media

james cook v

Captain James Cook (1728-1779) was a British explorer who achieved the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, and the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand.  Cook became commander of HM Bark Endeavour in 1766 for the first of three Pacific voyages, sailing thousands of miles across largely…