Friday, August 26, 2011


Paradise Oil on linen 62 x 82 cm
In two weeks my exhibition 'Paradise' opens. It is open to the public from Thursday 8 September! The opening night is Friday 9 September 6-8 pm. The exhibition dates are 8 September - 8 October, 11 am - 5 pm Tuesday to Saturday at PURGATORY ARTSPACE, 170 Abbotsford St, North Melbourne.


The paintings in ‘Paradise’ explore interweaving notions of paradise; the story of Adam and Eve, paradise lost through intercultural misunderstanding and environmental decay, and ideas of paradise in cosmological postulations of multiple universes ‘out there’ which imply the potential for vastness within.

These are visually woven together with the age-old transcutlural/religious tree-of-life motif which the artist un-tethers from traditional visual interpretations to explore its symbolic potency in the 21st century. The tree embraces the planet, our home, with beauty’s reminder of what we lose if relationships with each other and the planet are not nutured.
The exhibition reflects upon important contemporary considerations of perspective, as we live locally in an increasingly globalised world, where space research proposes the existence of other universes and spiritual explorations suggest vast inner manifestations, where environmental degradation strangles notions of both inner and outer paradise.
Thin networks of lines and dots render the age old trans-cultural ‘tree-of-life’ motif, weaving historical and spiritual threads through the works. These paintings express an innate human quest for a kind of paradise or utopia, whether a tangible existence or an internal longing. They at once conjure an infinite cosmos and an exploration of inner manifestations. Branches which seem to reach out and duplicate ad infinitum are mirrored below like an intricate root system reaching far into the earth.

In The Garden Of Eden Oil on linen 50 x 94 cm

Finding The Light Oil on linen 100 x 70 cm

My book 'For Everyone' will be out soon! I will keep everyone updated and hope to start a new BLOG desigated to my book... and hopefully bookS as time goes by! Here's a taster image for you.

Check out my Youtube far two short videos. Both segments from my recent talk at the C.J Jung Society of Queensland. One segment is where I talk about beauty and the other segment is where I talk about my 'quiet activism'...regular readers know about that! And, some of those paintings will be in 'Paradise' as suggestions that environmental degradation is a 'paradise lost'


1 comment:

Audubon Ron said...

Good luck with your exhibition. I know it will be a success.

Another optic on this is with us human's taking a bite from the apple with our resources and forever soiling our nest with intrusive mining and harvesting techniques.

I recall God telling us to subdue the earth. "God blessed them and said to them, 'Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.'" Genesis 1:28

There are however, rules and considerations - for example, to harvest in a Kosher way. We must also be good shepherds and not rape the earth. In fact, it is also commanded that we let the ground rest every seventh year.