I have been unable to produce new work over the last 12 months due to family illness. My younger sister was diagnosed with bowel cancer and on the evening she started chemotherapy my father suffered a stroke. As a result of this I have been living as my father's carer in his home. Painting has been out of the question as I simply do not have the physical space nor the concentration needed to produce an image to the standard I desire. Using my Cintiq and a stylus I have spent the last months digitally painting a study for an oil which I hope to start work on once my father has gained some independence.
'Alarm Call - number 1' will be on show at Bankley Studio & Gallery in Manchester http://www.bankley.org.uk/
Here is a link to the short talk I recently gave at the University of London.
On May 18th I will be giving a short talk at the University of London about my work The Other. This will be the opening event of a larger programme of symposia whose theme is bullying in the workplace. My painting will on display in the University for the opening seminar.
I want the elements in this painting to refer to the kind of cartoon imagery that was produced in the studios of animation pioneers like Max Fleischer and Tex Avery. However my 'monster from the id' has been endowed with very adult penile horns - attributes perhaps more in keeping with a work by the Chapman Brothers than Walt Disney.
I've been working on some drawings for a new painting; My Dada is Bigger than your Dada. Everything is at the early stage and may yet end up in the virtual trash can.