Artwork of the Month

February 1st, 2011

A seated doll in the mood of  voodoo art. A testimony of my fascination with the effigy dolls of tribal and folk art.

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THE PAINTED RAG DOLL, 1973
paper, textile and acrylic, 35x18x12cm

Painting of the Month

January 1st, 2011

Landscapes, mainly imagination landscapes were part of my oeuvre over the years. The painting below is one of the rare samples when I intended to paint the mood of a scene in a more traditional style – full of misty light and birds at various distances.

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EGRETS IN THE KAKADU NATIONAL PARK 2006
acrylic on canvas, 122x152cm

Painting of the Month

November 2nd, 2010
The construction of a free standing figure provided me with a break from the intense painting period inside the studio. A paper doll like figure is hanging from the right lawer part of the structure. I used mainly randomly found objects in my close environment of an inner-city court yard.

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007, 1969
acrylic, wood, paper and metal, 188x52x25cm
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Painting of the Month

October 1st, 2010
The figure is part a recurring theme through several decades of my painting.
It reflects humanity’s preoccupation with technology and the still hidden realities of the unknown universe. The figures are representing amorphous figures which seem to be humanoids/androids/robots where the geometrical shapes create the tensions.
I feel I am updating the work of the painters of earlier centuries by using symbolism to ritualise/dignify our present reality in order to reflect our own age in a magical way which I think is essential for every generation.
This figure is a multipurpose image,  with orbs and the disk waiting to be released into a perpetual cosmic cycle.

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SPINNING THE PLANET CODE 2008
acrylic on canvas, 90x120cm
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Painting of the Month

September 1st, 2010
This painting was produced at a time when I was involved in depicting images related to war in a style which is similar to art brut.
Art brut in a sense of relating to tribal origins in a raw symbolist style.
The four soldiers have the following subtitles (from left to right):

The Victim, The Ghost, The Joker and The Hero

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THE FOUR SOLDIERS (4 panels), 1969
acrylic on canvas, 4 x 190x70cm

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Painting of the Month

August 1st, 2010

A TV apparition  reveals an embryonic family group, phantoms from the past. The suggestion may be that the TV figure with the wand remote control wishes to bring them forward to the present. With technology we have livings ghosts, the division between the dead and the living becomes obscure.

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WE ARE DOWNLOADING THE  PEOPLE OF THE PAST, 2006
oil on canvas, 51x51cm

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Painting of the Month

July 1st, 2010
A painting and a drawing.
These two works were completed in the last weeks.
The painting is part of a series of birds in oil. I chose oil because I wanted to achieve more depth and resonance to heighten the moods of the birds in their suggested landscapes.
I very often alternate my working on canvas with drawings that are more playful, even sometimes satirical. The medium can be charcoal, pencil or ink depending on my impulse and on the quality of the paper. This very often influences the subject matter.

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CARRYING THE PLANET, 2010
charcoal on paper, 29x42cm

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Bird I: THE WATCHER, 2010
oil on canvas, 23x31cm
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Painting of the Month

June 1st, 2010

I was commissioned to paint a picture on the topic of Man and Technology.
I wished to set up a possible scene representing a dialogue between a schoolboy and an android.
My concern about  where technology might lead us made me to paint an encounter with  hints of uncertainties and possible dangers but also expressing a certain benevolence.
I chose classical realism to make the scene more solemn and timeless.

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ALGEBRA TOMKIN AND THE THE ETERNITY BOX, 1982
oil on canvas, 165x155cm

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Painting of the Month

May 1st, 2010

My great admiration for the masters of the past centuries has influenced many of my paintings, including this one. The vase on a table with flowers is a classic theme.
However my flowers are totally invented, painted from memory and imagination using broad, flat back ground areas and an impressionistic technique for the flowers.

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FLOWERVASE AND A ROSE, 1992
acrylic on card, 55x45cm

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Painting of the Month

April 1st, 2010

It is the poet in a moment of ritual oneness with an environment that has just been invented with the poet as a participating witness.
My work often concerns itself with the creation of nature, its relationship to humans and the presence of sentinels, guardians or in this case witnesses.

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POET WITH ONE WING 1988
acrylic on paper, 50x70cm

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