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The painting I am working on is one of those 'gateway' images that set a tone for the following paintings. I am immersed in an usual combination of music to get into it. Combining 70s punks and disco in the laboratory ...Read more>

4 November 2011 |

Without a doubt, al-Awlaki was not a man of peace. In a current Politico article on the latest targeted killing by US drones, all the questions that disturb me about drone warfare are asked, but regrettably not answered with respect to the lessons of ...Read more>

2 October 2011 |

The Sun, the helios , its affect on Earth is a particular area of study called heliophysics . And NASA have quite a bit of this research on it's education websites. Solar flares have become an area of my interest lately. It is ...Read more>

26 September 2011 |

Thank you to Wik Wikholm for his post about my art in the September Media section of  GLBTQ  - the world's largest encyclopedia of lgbtq culture.
Carl Gopal Applies Queer Lens to Tough Problems   (Posted by: Wik Wikholm on 09/12/11)
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12 September 2011 |


I often use the term 'gateway image"to describe a painting which is a bridge between one series and the next. Most of the time it is not that clean, because you travel a road and the landscape changes along the way.  So there are not really any breaks ...Read more>

31 August 2011 |

These photographs were taken in the last 3 days when I travelled with a friend to Albany in Western Australia's South West region. This particular muddy creek held a strange fascination as it seemed to reflect a world within a world. I have added them to my wall of ...Read more>

29 August 2011 |

I realised that this painting has not been posted in my Visual Diary so here it is. It is a small canvas (20x20cm) called Kandahar Kandy , and is a companion piece to Nothing Like A Drone (both Feb 2011 completed). I merged a Hollywood character ...Read more>

26 August 2011 |


“A Jewish visionary will see visions of the seven heavens because his religious imagination is stocked with these particular symbols. Buddhists see various images of Buddha and Bodhisattvas; Christians visualise the Virgin Mary. It is a mistake for the visionary to see ...Read more>

8 August 2011 |

Tikkun daily ( Tikkun magazine's daily blog) interviewed me about my art and, as always with good interviews, made me think better about my painting and how (and why) I go about what I do. Please take the time to visit and read their high ...Read more>

19 July 2011 |

Michael Newth is a marvelous much-published translator of the medieval French epic poetry known as chansons de geste . I have blogged extensively about how I have used this rare period of literature as an inpirational trigger in my paintings for the last 2 years. One of ...Read more>

10 July 2011 |

The truly great painter, lady and surrealist Leonora Carrington died this week aged 94. She remains my most inspired vision of the world that I seek in all my paintings. Her journey as an artist, the way of it, the sense of it, and the world of her paintings, remain ...Read more>

1 June 2011 |

WAR POETRY 2011 has updated its page with new poems by soldiers including veterans of the Iraq conflict. I found Gerardo Mena's poem "So I was a coffin" both disturbing and moving. I read it several times. Palestinian poet Suheir Hammad's poems evokes another lens ...Read more>

31 May 2011 |

In 1966, about 9 months before I entered the world , TIME magazine ran a cover story "Is God Dead?". It's still the question. By today's standards it seems naïve, given the pluralism of gods and beliefs. But in the ...Read more>

14 April 2011 |


I've updated this entry because people thought I was dumping the broader themes (I'm not) but some paintings are smaller chapters. Only during an exhibition do I really understand how it fits in. This one is less Judy and more dark matter, God and Pentagon's black budget. It's a ...Read more>

6 March 2011 |


Hey, great to be one of the 3 'honourable mentions' in the Spring 2011 issue of Visual Overture Magazin e in Atlanta, GA, USA. (out February 18th).  My painting featured is called There is Nothing Like a Drone, from my exhibition series The Assassination ...Read more>

17 February 2011 |

The next few months the work is in transition as I start a new series. It's going to be really vague and really weired (what's new you say). The working title is Scribes of Divinity.

Here is one of the new canvases. In this image (which ...Read more>

1 February 2011 |



This is a repost  of this work as I completed the paintings. Small canvases (5x). They developed when I first started reading the chansons de geste translations by Michael Newth in Sydney. He has since become a good friend and I am grateful for his inspired ...Read more>

4 January 2011 |

On the one hand I embrace my research on technology, but at the same time, I seem stubbornly out of time. I keep painting. I keep reading that "death of painting" was all a big mistake, and suddenly there are a ton of editorials embracing paint. While I am ...Read more>

3 January 2011 |