Sunday, July 15, 2012


All Of Us Gouache on paper 15 x 21 cm

I have three stretched canvases ready to paint. I've prepared the initial layers of paint and ideas are tripping through my brain. I am going to start on one after I have written this post. And, it will be linked to this new work on paper, above, titled All Of Us.

Regular readers will immediately recognise my much loved age old transcultural/religious tree-of-life. Yes, it's the 'shadow' [seemingly] behind the two figures, one male and one female. This 'shadow' represents variously, all history, geneology, human race evolution.

Yet, the figures are ambigiously orientated. Are they looking into past history with their backs to the future? Are they looking forward to unwritten future history with their backs to the past? Are they able to see all past and future histories with abilities to view from multiple perspectives simultaneously? The latter is a sophisticated way of viewing the world and the universe. I believe, in the 21st century, that we are being invited [perhaps implored] to 'see' this way. I suggest being able to see multiple perspectives simultaneously will enable humankind to [re]ignite imagination, wonder and compassion, to reveal better questions, which ultimately will lead to better answers. These answers, may lead to more questions, but the result could go beyond sustainability of the planet [and humankind] to something more. 

I am reading a newly released book by a friend of mine. It is The Way of The Quest by Dr. George Blair-West. It was recently a finalist in the 2012 International Book Award in the Vistionary Fiction category.
It is a wonderful book, with multiple layers. At one level it is a story...and an exciting one. At another level it questions the identity of historical figures ie: Francis Bacon, Shakespeare, Queen Elisabeth 1st and more. At yet another level it is an entreaty to find your purpose in life... and deeper again it calls upon humankind to find its purpose. The Way Of The Quest in many ways is an example of 'seeing' in multiple perspectives. Indeed, apropos to my thoughts [above] about All Of Us, the importance of better questions is a pivotal aspect of the book. To elicit them new perspectives are suggested to the story's young protagonist!
Whilst I read, and thoroughly enjoyed, a pre-publication early draft of the book, I am totally engrossed in The Way Of The Quest. I am half way through and will write about it again, when I have finished. In the meantime check out The Way Of The Quest's website.


                                                   Cosmic Frisson Oil on linen 90 x 180 cm

I have just sold Cosmic Frisson [above] to a new hospital! Very excited.

  • My entry for the $25,000 Mandorla Art Prize in Perth is a finalist. The award is announced 10 August. I will upload an image once the exhibition is live.My painting is called Birth of Knowledge and Faith
  • Also, my book FOR EVERYONE is moving along! Check it out HERE
  • Nindooinbah Woolshed Exhibition - September 1-2. I am one of about 11 artists invited to exhibit at this historical venue. Well known Brisbane Gallery Director Bruce Heiser will be opening the exhibition. Check out the flyer


Jo Brim said...

I may not be the first to see it, but the painting "All Of Us" seems to expand every time I look at it, or around it. The effect is so strong I actually wondered if the image was animated, and we were zooming in for a closer look!
In much the same way as a firework lights up the sky and expands, taking our eyes with it, this image has the same effect on me. It certainly creates a three, or even four-dimensional view of the multi-perspectives.
Quite stunning.

Jo Brim said...

It also seems very brain-like to me, and I find that appealing too.
Yep! Plenty of food for thought in this one.

Jo Brim said...

It also seems very brain-like to me, and I find that appealing too.
Yep! Plenty of food for thought in this one.

Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox said...

Hi Jo,
I love that you see many dimensions or perspectives in this painting. I aim to provide an experience! Plus, 'seeing' the brain [and maybe other life propelling organs] makes me smile. The tree, I believe, tries to tell us, that it holds the template for everything?!