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Red Wine, paint and ink on heavy watercolour paper on birch plywood, 3ft x 4ft
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Francis in Exctacy (after El Greco)
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Bunny Girl No.1 (after Matisse)
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Bunny Girl No.2
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Paul Fed by The Raven (after Il Guercino)
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Mother and Child
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Seated Woman (after Picasso)
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These large format paintings are not strictly a series but were made alongside each other.
Each evolved over around 8 moths. Starting with the chance action of spattered red wine,
the surfaces were then reworked through a series of self-sabotages and rescues,
evolving the images in a continual game of consequences.
The resulting characters developed into transpositions of classical paintings (El Greco's St Francis, Barbieri's St Paul)
mis-remembered and confused with contemporary cartoon motifs and elements of modernist paintings history.
The result is a sort of schitzo-painting, hovering between meaning and absurdity, straddling, decorations and perversion,
grotesqueness and comedy.