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. Mixed media To understand and reconnect with our stories, the stories of the ancestors, is to build our identities. -frank delaney

greywacke

Canterbury’s braided rivers transport shattered greywacke rocks from the Southern Alps over the Canterbury plains to the Pacific Ocean, transforming them into rounded boulders. Acrylic on 640gsm Fabriano paper 28x28cm Varied edition: 4

tui

The tui is an endemic passerine New Zealand bird, a member of the honeyeater family. Acrylic on 640gsm Fabriano paper 20x28cm Varied edition: 6

kea ii

kea

The kea is an endemic parrot, found in the high country of the South Island of New Zealand. Acrylic on 640gsm Fabriano paper 28x28cm Varied edition: 3

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

redheads

redheads

Acrylic & gold leaf on wood 10x10x30cm Sold “Across the entire human population, only 1-2% has red hair in its various shades.   But in Scotland 13% of our 5 million people are redheads and about 30% carry one of the genetic variants needed to pass that characteristic  from one generation to the next.” Alistair Moffat,…

Picts II

picts ii

The term Pict generally refers to the people who lived in the far north of Scotland.  Their story is relatively undocumented, apart from a scattering of decorated stones and artefacts, created between 400-900AD.  This work features  notched rectangle designs found on some carved stones. DNA analysis has identified a genetic marker – R1bstr47, or R1b-Pict…

picts i

picts i

The term Pict generally refers to the people who lived in the far north of Scotland.  Their story is relatively undocumented, apart from a scattering of decorated stones and artefacts, created between 400-900AD. Pictii probably means painted or tattooed people: it was observed by contemporary commentators that individuals were tattooed to indicate their rank and…

tiree iii

tiree iii

Tiree is the most westerly island of the Inner Hebrides.  Compact and bijou – about twelve miles long and three miles wide – the island is a gem, with miles of white shell sand beaches surrounded by the Atlantic in all its blue-green glory. Acrylic & map on canvas 10x20x3.5cm Sold

ee-usk mural

just keep swimming

An allegory of 21st century life, on the site hoarding of a new hotel development in Oban, Argyll, Scotland.  That happy fish going against the flow has clearly attracted the attention of the authorities …. 😉 Mural 35×2.5m Commissioned by Ee-usk

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…

aoraki

New Zealand’s highest mountain was named after Captain James Cook who surveyed and circumnavigated New Zealand in 1770.  It was renamed Aoraki/Mount Cook in 1998.  Aoraki means Cloud Piercer in the Ngai Tahu dialect of the Maori language. Acrylic Image size 50x40cm

Alice Strange

la patte

Painted self-portrait of a printmaker, including a ‘pawprint’.  Irredeemably retinal … Acrylic 50x40cm “In French there is an old expression, ‘la patte’, meaning the artist’s touch, his personal style, his ‘paw’. I wanted to get away from ‘la patte’ and from all that retinal painting.” -marcel duchamp

tiree shell sand

Tiree is the most westerly island of the Inner Hebrides.  Compact and bijou – about twelve miles long and three miles wide – the island is a gem, with miles of white shell sand beaches surrounded by the Atlantic in all its blue-green glory. Acrylic Image size 203x609x38mm Sold

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