harper - cyanotype

harper

A familiar. Cyanotype c. 9x12cm Varied edition: 7 prints £30 Third Witch:  “Harper cries: ’Tis time, ’tis time.” Shakespeare “Macbeth”, Act 4, Scene 1

the fates installation

the fates

The witches in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” are often interpreted as representing the Fates of classical mythology. They appear at the birth of each person, spinning, measuring, and cutting the thread of life. The Old English word ‘wyrd’ or ‘weird’ means ‘fate’. Clotho spun the thread of life from her Distaff onto her Spindle. Lachesis measured the…

the gates of hell

the gates of hell

Ah, the irony. Acrylic on 640gsm Fabriano Artistico paper, with collage 56x76cm £500 Porter: Here’s a knocking indeed! If a man were porter of hell gate, he should have old turning the key. (Knock.) Knock, knock, knock! Shakespeare “Macbeth” Act 3, Scene 3

banquo's dream

banquo’s dream

Acrylic on 640gsm Fabriano Artistico paper, with collage 56x76cm £500 Banquo: I dreamt last night of the three Weïrd Sisters. To you they have showed some truth. Shakespeare “Macbeth” Act 2, Scene 1

banquo's dream

banquo's dream

Acrylic on 640gsm Fabriano Artistico paper, with collage 56x76cm £500 Banquo: I dreamt last night of the three Weïrd Sisters. To you they have showed some truth. Shakespeare “Macbeth” Act 2, Scene 1

lachesis v

lachesis

The witches in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” are often interpreted as representing the Fates of classical mythology. They appear at the birth of each person, spinning, measuring, and cutting the thread of life. The Old English word ‘wyrd’ or ‘weird’ means ‘fate’. Lachesis measured the thread of life allotted to each person with her measuring rod. Acrylic…

the others iii

the others

“The Other” refers to a person who doesn’t conform with societal norms, and is therefore alienated or marginalised by powerful social institutions, such as the state or the church. Shakespeare’s witches might just have been “Others”. Acrylic on 300gsm Fabriano Artistico paper 14x19cm £45 Acrylic on 300gsm Fabriano Artistico paper 14x19cm £45

a deed without a name

a deed without a name

Blood on their hands … Acrylic on 300gsm Fabriano Artistico paper 14x19cm £45 Macbeth: How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags? What is ’t you do? The Witches: A deed without a name. Shakespeare “Macbeth” Act 4, Scene 1

out damned spot

out, damned spot!

The sleepwalking Lady Macbeth betrays her guilt …. Acrylic on 300gsm Fabriano Artistico paper 14x19cm £45 Lady Macbeth: Out, damned spot, out, I say! One. Two. Why then, ’tis time to do ’t. Hell is murky. Fie, my lord, fie, a soldier and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call…

the darkness of our condition

the darkness of our condition

Power corrupts … Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Acrylic on 300gsm Fabriano Artistico paper 14x19cm £45 “I have no spur To prick the sides of my intent, but only Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself And falls on th’ other—” Shakespeare “Macbeth”, Act 1, Scene 7

paisley girl screenprint

paisley girl

In 1697, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Christian Shaw, daughter of the Laird of Bargarran, complained of being tormented by local witches.  Seven people, known as the Paisley, Bargarran or Renfrewshire witches, were found guilty of having bewitched Shaw and were condemned to death. Five of them were hanged then burned on the Gallow Green in Paisley on…

when shall we three meet again?

enter three witches

Linocut 18x18cm Edition: 7 £60 Macbeth, Act 1, Scene i. A desert place. Thunder and lightning. Enter three Witches First Witch When shall we three meet again In thunder, lightning, or in rain? Second Witch When the hurlyburly’s done, When the battle’s lost and won. Third Witch That will be ere the set of sun.…

weird sisters linocut

weird sisters

Shakespeare perhaps based the three witches in Macbeth on Raphael Holinshed’s History of Britain, The Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1587) .  In Holinshed’s account of King Duncan, Macbeth and Banquo encounter three women in “strange and wild apparell …the common opinion was that these women were either the Weird Sisters, that is… the…

something wicked this way comes

something wicked this way comes

Even the three Graces can be made to look sinister in the right light … The role of the three witches in Shakepeare’s Macbeth is ambiguous – they are never actually referred to as witches in the play.  One interpretation is that they were inspired by the Fates – the Moirai of Greek mythology -…

boil & bubble

boil and bubble

Delia, Mary and Nigella as the witches in Macbeth …. Screenprint 40x30cm Varied edition: 11 prints £100 Fillet of a fenny snake, In the cauldron boil and bake; Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg and owlet’s wing, For a charm…

familiars screenprint

familiars

The witches in Shakespeare’s Macbeth mention three familiars: Greymalkin, a gray cat; Paddock, a toad; and Harpier, an owl. The witches’ face is also familiar, the face of soprano Lina Cavalieri, used by Piero Fornasetti as a motif in much of his work. Screenprint 40x30cm Edition: 7 £100

familiars screenprint

familiars

The witches in Shakespeare’s Macbeth mention three familiars: Greymalkin, a gray cat; Paddock, a toad; and Harpier, an owl. The witches’ face is also familiar, the face of soprano Lina Cavalieri, used by Piero Fornasetti as a motif in much of his work. Screenprint 40x30cm Edition: 7 £100

The tempest collage

language

The mysterious William Shakespeare (c.1564-1616) is England’s most celebrated dramatist and poet.  He wrote many dramatic works – comedies, histories, tragedies and poetry – that are known around the world for their universal themes and insight into the human condition.  He also shaped the English language, coining many words and phrases still in use in…

Macbeth cyanotype

all hail!

The three witches are characters in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, often referred to as “the Scottish play” in the world of theatre.  A possible source of inspiration for these characters the three Fates of Greek mythology, who control the life of every mortal from birth to death: one spinning the metaphorical thread of life, one measuring…

Macbeth cyanotype

all hail!

The three witches are characters in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, often referred to as “the Scottish play” in the world of theatre.  A possible source of inspiration for these characters the three Fates of Greek mythology, who control the life of every mortal from birth to death: one spinning the metaphorical thread of life, one measuring…

When shall we three meet again

when shall we three meet again?

The three witches are characters in William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, often referred to as “the Scottish play” in the world of theatre.  A possible source of inspiration for these characters is ancient classical myths of the three Fates, who control the life of every mortal from birth to death: one spinning the metaphorical thread of…

The Travelling Salesman

the travelling salesman

In the footsteps of Columba … a missionary toolkit In 563 Columba was given land on the island of Iona, which became  his base for conversion of the Picts to Christianity. This gilded suitcase features rosaries, celtic crosses, religious medallions, bibles, miniature icons, prayers, and some bottled Christianity: original sin, divine mystery, holy trinity, baptism,…

Brother Columba's Travelling Salvation Show

brother columba’s travelling salvation show

In the footsteps of Columba … a missionary toolkit In 563 Columba was given land on the island of Iona, which became  his base for conversion of the Picts to Christianity. This gilded suitcase features bibles, icons, pilgrims’ shells, devotional scapulars, St Patrick & St Bridget medallions, and some bottled Catholicism: absolution, plenary indulgences, original…

Brother Columba's Travelling Salvation Show

brother columba's travelling salvation show

In the footsteps of Columba … a missionary toolkit In 563 Columba was given land on the island of Iona, which became  his base for conversion of the Picts to Christianity. This gilded suitcase features bibles, icons, pilgrims’ shells, devotional scapulars, St Patrick & St Bridget medallions, and some bottled Catholicism: absolution, plenary indulgences, original…

the monks legacy

the monk’s legacy

In the footsteps of Columba … literacy. In 563 Columba was given land on the island of Iona, which became a centre of literacy and his base for conversion of the Picts to Christianity.   Many Catholic schools and parishes throughout Scotland are named after Columba, including St Columba’s in Oban, the cathedral of the…

the monks legacy

the monk's legacy

In the footsteps of Columba … literacy. In 563 Columba was given land on the island of Iona, which became a centre of literacy and his base for conversion of the Picts to Christianity.   Many Catholic schools and parishes throughout Scotland are named after Columba, including St Columba’s in Oban, the cathedral of the…

the book of the dead

the book of the dead

In the footsteps of Columba … war. Around 560, Columba copied a psalter manuscript on the sly at the scriptorium of his mentor Finnian, who claimed ownership of the copy.  The dispute between Columba and Finnian escalated: about 3,000 men were killed at the resulting Battle of Cúl Dreimhne.  Columba was held responsible for these…

the song remains the same

the song remains the same

In the footsteps of Columba … inspiration for composers. The Cathach of St. Columba is a late 6th century Irish Psalter, traditionally identified as the copy made by Columba of a book loaned to him by Finnian.  The 58 folios in the damaged and incomplete vellum manuscript contain the text of Psalms 30:10 to 105:13…

three hail marys

three hail marys

Columba was exiled from Ireland for his role in provoking the Battle of Cúl Dreimhne in 561, during which more than 3,000 men died.  In 563, he was given land on the island of Iona which became his base for converting the Picts to Christianity. In the footsteps of Columba … free psychotherapy.  The sacrament…

hail mary iii - screenprint

hail mary iii

Columba was exiled from Ireland for his role in provoking the Battle of Cúl Dreimhne in 561, during which more than 3,000 men died.  In 563, he was given land on the island of Iona which became his base for converting the Picts to Christianity. In the footsteps of Columba … new goddesses for old. …

hail mary ii - screenprint

hail mary ii

Columba was exiled from Ireland for his role in provoking the Battle of Cúl Dreimhne in 561, during which more than 3,000 men died.  In 563, he was given land on the island of Iona which became his base for converting the Picts to Christianity. In the footsteps of Columba … new goddesses for old. …

hail mary i - screenprint

hail mary i

Columba was exiled from Ireland for his role in provoking the Battle of Cúl Dreimhne in 561, during which more than 3,000 men died.  In 563, he was given land on the island of Iona which became his base for converting the Picts to Christianity. In the footsteps of Columba … new goddesses for old.…

mantilla - screenprint

mantilla

Columba was exiled from Ireland for his role in provoking the Battle of Cúl Dreimhne in 561, during which more than 3,000 men died.  In 563, he was given land on the island of Iona which became his base for converting the Picts to Christianity. In the footsteps of Columba … legitimized gender inequality.  Women…

the question

the question

Digital collage 12x19cm Varied edition £20 “To be, or not to be, that is the question: whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them? To die, to sleep, no more; and by a sleep…

faerie queen

The Faerie Queene is an incomplete epic poem by Edmund Spenser, one of the longest poems in the English language. It is an allegorical work and can be read as praise of Queen Elizabeth I. It examines virtues by following the adventures of several knights. Images are printed on vintage book pages and feature Royal…

kelpies - collagraph

kelpies

In Celtic folklore, the kelpie is a supernatural water horse that haunts rivers and streams. Kelpies are not benevolent: they lure people, especially children, into the water to drown and eat them. Collagraph Image size: 18x26cm Varied edition: 4 prints Sold out.

marakihau-02 linocut

marakihau ii

The Marakihau is a sea monster in Maori mythology, with a fish-like tail and a hollow forked tongue which can suck in fish, boats & men. This marakihau is shown in Lake Pukaki, in front of Aoraki/Mount Cook Linocut Image size 15x21cm

marakihau-01 linocut

marakihau i

The Marakihau is a sea monster in Maori mythology, with a fish-like tail and a hollow forked tongue which can suck in fish, boats & men. This marakihau is shown in Lake Pukaki, in front of Aoraki/Mount Cook Linocut Image size: 15x21cm

covenham triptych

The medieval churches of St Bartholomew & St Mary in Covenham, Lincolnshire are built within 100 metres of each other, perhaps to neutralise a local coven … The end sections of the “triptych” represent the churches’ patron saints: Bartholomew was flayed and crucified upside down, Mary is shown with her son. Covenham Reservoir, a significant…

genesis

With a nod to Rothko … For Mick & Diane Acrylic Image size 150x50cm Evening came, and morning came, the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth and everything in them were completed. -the book of genesis