In this detail the Queen is the centrepiece of the composition. Her music is streaming from her harp in a series of patterns and rhythms superimposed over the trees.
In this detail from the drawing, Jessica’s memories have been coloured to show her emotions. Also included in this ornamentation is the rich jewellery she wears around her neck.
Silly politicians from the Tower of Mabel dress and act like the school children they really are. Trump, in his pram pushed by Hillary Clinton, throws his Teddy (Kim Jong Un) angrily onto the floor.
Willem de Kooning sails over a choppy sea carrying his famous work “Woman III” toward the apogee of artistic attainment, the Tower of Mabel. Meanwhile Damien Hurst paddles his preserved shark, “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living”, to the same destination.
A “Jessye Norman” like singer breathes deeply and pours out her aria beneath streaming spotlights in this detail. Meanwhile, a group of playing card figures gesticulate and release a fluttering white dove into the void above.
While creating this first variation, conflict seemed the dominant theme. So here these two figures argue and fight while their little child sleeps peacefully behind them.
This strange pair illustrate the dysfunctional relationship that often exists between couples. At first she appears likes a cherished toy from his childhood but now dominates the partnership and acts as mother to his “little boy” role in the relationship.
The design here was created by combining two completely independent patterns. Where they overlapped the pattern was reversed so that black became white and vice versa.
The swirling patterns from the drawing made me think of choral music so I added an opera singer. Loosely, his face is based on the expressive features of Beniamino Gigli or Luciano Pavarotti.
This detail shows the contrast between tranquility (the girl peacefully rowing past water reeds and geese) and imminent danger (a large mouth opening up to swallow her).
This detail shows the discordant aspect of human nature. A squadron of snails sets the city on fire. On the beach, the escaping inhabitants are forced to jump and dance to stop their feet burning.
This detail shows the important juxtaposition between abstract and figurative elements in my work. All came originally from the painting “Abstract Elephant” including the tee-shirt and the two swirling shapes (eyes perhaps) above it.
In this detail the brightly coloured patterns of Clown fish and Angel fish are superimposed on top of shapes from the original abstract work.
Here swirling shapes of brown and yellow have been used to create the tower block hotel next to the sea resort. The shapes themselves and the colour changes could then be used to create the windows rather than adding them from reality.
In this detail the streaming of the blue water transforms itself into a shark-like head about to swallow a turtle. In the foreground a skeleton plays accompanying music whose notes float up and away like fluttering birds.
This is one of the many characters appearing in the “Little Tin Soldiers”. His coat of many colours and his face were created from the blobs and squiggles of the original underpainting.
Here’s a more introverted character from the same composition. Along with the tin soldiers, he is one of the toys which have all come to life.
Here an elephant/maharaja rests under his Persian canopy while his servants bring him food and drink.
These creatures in striped pyjamas are clearly characters from dreams or nightmares. Why are they bounding across he countryside and will they do us any harm?
This half bird / half human has vestigial wings which no longer enable him to fly and yet he manages to live high up in the trees in this strange land. However, he and his spouse can still produce eggs which he throws down to his helper below.
The shapes of these fish reflect the underlying splodges which were the initial phase of the painting. They represent hieroglyphics of primeval sea creatures rather than the real fish we know today.
These are two birds which originally come from “Song of the Birds” have been added to a new work “Birds of a Feather”. The shape and colour of the plants and the water have been idealised to add character and emotion to the natural scene.
Two dancers wearing bird masks dance to Paul McCartney’s “Blackbird Singing in the Dead of Night”. The contrasting shapes and colours on the floor hint at the feeling the music evokes.