TWO PAINTINGS FROM 2003
Jigsaw and Love Puzzle are two works on paper from a larger series of work centred around the bride. These two paintings belong to a subset of about 5-6 paintings each appropriating Titian's famous painting Sacred and Profane Love which is a bridal portrait, but unusual for the time as the husband is not present. Venus, the God of Love, hovers with a distracted Cupid focused not on anyone else but on playing. The young bride gazes out of the painting but not at the viewer who wonders what lies behind her eyes. These three characters are placed against a beautiful pastorale scene. Venus's drapes indicate some kind of action yet the remainder of the painting is measured and contemplative. One wonders about love and its expression in the sixteenth century. And we also wonder about love and its expression in the 21st century!
I am really fond of this series of paintings, so I thought they deserved a posting.
This link will take you to an image of Titian's Sacred and Profane Love
I sold Viscera [below] today, thanks to Josh from Joshua Levi Galleries in Brisbane http://www.joshualevigalleries.com.au/ This is a large painting 90 x 200 cm which I painted last year. It was a finalist in the Tattersall's Art Prize 2008 which I have entered again this year...so crossing fingers!
I am working on a small oil on linen painting at the moment and I'm experiencing that stage where I am highly critical and a bit frustrated. But, I know if I leave the painting and place it where I will see it first thing tomorrow when I enter my studio [garage!] something will happen to tell me what to do... or to leave it as it is. New or refreshed eyes can see things tired eyes cannot see. When I feel I have done my bit I will post an image of this new painting to my BLOG.