Category: Completed Work

Which Way Up. 2018. Oil on Canvas. 50x50cm

Bright rectangular shapes on orange ground are cheerful and optimisic. Amusingly the ironic tone of title questions how difficult it is to actually make decent abstract paintings
Which Way Up. 2018. Oil on Canvas. 50x50cm

Brightly coloured, simple geometric rectangular shapes have a textured surface reminiscent of the body and not flat colour field work which they seems to reference. The title amusingly questions the ‘expert’ eye which sets the way an image should be viewed. The apparent ease of production is a deception because these small intimate paintings actually evolve over a couple of months.

Abstractions and Text.

FRESH. 2018. Oil on Canvas. 50x50cm

Rectilinear brightly coloured shapes
Fresh. 2018. Oil on Canvas. 50x50cm

In eliminating iconographic references and exploring simple geometric shapes, I revisit the value of colour and surface for the sheer joy of painting. Text/language is often a play on words, as in this case.

Raise the Roof. 2018. Mixed media/paper. 29x21cm

contemporary art, text, figures
Wooden figures with arms raised literally ironically play on the idea of playing havoc

The cheerful pink, textured background and quick, decisive black lines defining the figures create the potential for mischief as suggested by title.

Pull no Punches. 2018. Mixed media/paper. 29x21cm

art, figures, language, text
Entertained marionettes have exaggerated hands supporting play of title.

Incorporating text in an image is challenging in many ways. Size, font, position, legibility, direction, position are some of the considerations in relationship to the figure and ground.The marionettes appear to be in some kind of wrestling or boxing situation. The title is a visual spoof equivalent of that.

Wooing. 2018. Mixed media/paper

art, language, contemporary
The art of seduction re invented by these Star Wars like puppets’ embrace.

Seemingly absurd, these familiar figures……the tools or every art student concerned with drawing the figure, convince the viewer of their human possibilities. Drawn with bold black lines, these little embracing mechanical, manufactured figures seem to dance to their own tempo.

Bound Together Forever. 2018. Mixed media/paper. 29x21cm

art, language
Fine line and soft palette suggest tenderness, even with wooden embracing couple

Traditional academic rendering of these embracing puppets highlights the desire for some situations, aspects or feelings to remain timeless and eternal. The title of this work underscores this romantic notion of the ideal. This work was completed on the anniversary of the passing (Yarzheit) of my late husband, Frank.  May his soul rest in peace.
 

On Board. 2018. Mixed media/paper. 29x21cm

contemporary, drawing, humour, language, figures, text
The title’s play on words ironically refers to position of puppets depicted

Being on board implies that one is of the same mind set and supportive of a plan or proposal. In this case, one puppet is simply trying to climb on the other’s back in a clumsy, disjointed way which is humorous. In reality, it is often the case that one has to lead, whilst others simply climb on.

This is not Cricket. 2018. Mixed media/paper. 29x21cm

art, humour
Title brings humour to this image of embracing wooden couple

Figures seemingly out of the Wizard of `Oz, intertwine in a candy floss coloured ground. It appears that they are about to bat a ball. The absurdity of the situation is highlighted by the very ‘British’ title. Interpersonal relationships do not always go according to plan.

To Love and to Hold. 2018. Mixed media/paper. 29x21cm

drawing, painting, contemporary
Rear view of embracing puppets with human qualities

Robot like figures show humanity and love, belying their metallic or wooden properties on a romantic pale blue and pink ground.