This is a foray into group shows which I haven't done for a while and a great way to explore some of my experiences of our current security zeitgeist and how it defines masculinity. The title is Among Men Only and is a 40 x 50cm acrylic on canvas painting that examines masculinity from the perspective of a refugee man in the Australia of 2015. It is also about how right now masculinity is created through cultural conflict. In Melbourne I have really felt it this year so it influenced the theme of this work .
I have been quietly working for the past 19 months on research to stretch my previous painting which looked at the way that our cultures influence political decisions. What began with using old Hollywood as metaphor for political relationships, policy and military intervention is now a deeper exploration of what really happened between Norman Maine and Esther Blodgett the characters from the 1952 movie A Star is Born ; and the romantic attachment the military has for drones and new technology in my 2012 painting There is Nothing Like A Drone .
Specifically I am comparing and contrasting
Look, the short and better version is for me to link you to a video of Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell discussing the shootings at Charlie Hebdo in Paris this week. He has been at the forefront of commenting on the 'war on terror' policies in the West, and I think brings a much needed balance from the perspective of those on the front line - cartoonists themselves.
In 2007 I was so honoured to be asked to be in a group exhibition at the CUNY Graduate Centre in New York City - Reflex: An Exhibit of Political Cartoons. A Worldview
My 2001 acrylic on canvas painting Fisherwoman illustrates NYC literary journal Literal Latte's winning essay for 2013 in their Best Essay Awards category, for Jean Guerrero's essay Juanita and the Beach of Fairies . A riveting literary essay, you can read it in Literal Latte's
This post has been published on the 'London Progressive Journal' website on 24th December 2013.
When I first heard the suggestion that the judiciary and greater Parliamentary oversight could 'save the day' and redress the reckless use of
These drawings were last minute inspirations for my exhibition in September this year. They are charcoal and pastel drawings on paper, approminately A3 in dimension and sold as a series. Based, obviously, on the characters from the Wizard of Oz, I titled them A Kansas State of Mind 1-5
As you gather by now I collect old stuff. Life begets and all that Lol. So, flea markets, charity shops, garage sales, wherever I can scavenge something that strikes me as strange, funny, deep, sad, ironic....or just because! Here are 5 pages from Newnes'Pictorial Knowledge Vol 4 -
This is a summary and thanks to the various media outlets and people who have helped me in getting across images and concepts within this series of paintings to the public.
Thank you to RTRFM for inviting me to speak about my exhibition The Assassination of Judy Garland
I was recently proud to put my name on Tikkun's paid full page ad in the New York Times opposing the Obama campaign against whistleblowers which you can view here. For me, it is important to be public, to be named and to be open in