Cut Flowers (with Madeline Richards), 2017, oil on canvas, 48 x 48in
I have long had plans to repaint these flowers, after doing a smaller version a few years ago. That was a decent painting, but they weren’t dark enough (in mood) and a square is a better format for them. Madeline, my girlfriend, paints beside me in the studio and helps me with everything I do, so we thought to just paint something together. We worked well and pretty efficiently together, and are excited by the possibilities. We’ve started some other work already.
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The Optimist, 2017, oil on panel, 24 x 15in
It’s a weird little painting about being optimistic. Taking the care to cultivate flowers in climates where they aren’t indigenous is a fundamentally optimistic undertaking. The background was purple for a while.
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Suspect, 2017, oil on canvas, 24 x 20in
Study for possible larger painting at a later date.
Drawings for the painting here.
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The Cynic Too Was Once a Child, 2017, oil and gold leaf on panel, 48 x 48in
Drawing for Asbestos, 2017, charcoal on Arches watercolour paper, 30 x 22in
When I was a kid, my family travelled across Canada and we took a tour of the asbestos mines at Thetford in Southern Quebec. We went down into the mines and they gave me a sample to play with, which I kept for years. I would pull the fibres apart and stick them back together like some strange, natural, dry silly putty. We didn’t really know it caused cancer.
Selfie, 2017, oil on panel, 36 x 36in
Don’t get me wrong, I think this is an important project, but it’s also hilarious that when we build a 2.5 billion dollar space robot the first thing it does when it lands on another planet is take a picture of itself.
The painting is basically finished. Maybe a varnish and the largest, gold-est, gaudiest frame I can conceive of. I’m talking urinating putti in the corners gaudy.
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Dirty Hand (diptych), 2017, oil on panel, 36 x 36in each panel
Drawing for Dirty Hand, pencil, 2017
Here’s a sketchbook drawing and what came of it. Sometimes it happens quickly and sometimes it never happens at all.
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