Originally an experiment of wanting to make a still life with taxidermized birds and creatures, this evolved into a series where the main subject of the painting were native New Zealand birds. These native birds are a very popular in all circles as they represent a piece of New Zealand culture and are recognisable to almost everyone.
Based on classical Flemish still life painting from the 17th century, and painted using 19th century techniques, this still life series seeks to strip back and simplify the subject of the painting in order to maximise the effect one or two objects can have on their own using reflective surfaces and a strong chiaroscuro effect.
As an artist, commissions are an extremely important way of making art a sustainable practice. The greatest artists who ever lives all did commissions constantly whether it be from companies, organisations such as religions etc, or private commissions from individuals.
A great way to honour the great artist who came before or as an exercise in sharpening skills, learning new techniques, or understanding concepts of contexts, artist copies are also an important part of being an artist.
The First World war has now passed out of living memory. Only a few scarred landscapes and relics survive today. There are only a very small handful of warships that still exist that saw wartime service- at least this is the case on the surface. Many more still exist, but they are forever hidden out of sight, deep underwater.
“Out of the darkness”, is a continuation of the “Out of the Angels” series and “On the edge of darkness” series from a few years ago. It is based on the classical tradition of painting; development of a personal creative vision; and an expression and definition of humanity through pictorial form, whereby a relationship is established between an artist and artefact- the real and ideal.
As a species, we have attempted to control, manipulate and conquer nature, often forgetting that we are part of nature, and that nature ultimately controls us. We believe that we are different, and are in charge of our own destinies. But everything and everyone must be created, and to be created, means they must one day come to an end.
“Out of the Angels”, is based on the classical tradition of painting; development of a personal creative vision; and an expression and definition of humanity through pictorial form, whereby a relationship is established between an artist and artefact- the real and ideal.