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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 ...Read more>

2 December 2013 |

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 ...Read more>

12 July 2013 |

This important CSPAN coverage of the domestic drone debate [in the US] is of vital importance to people everywhere because of the lack of legal precedent with these technologies. In the University of Surrey workshop I participated in I supported discussion which acknowledged this issue using 5 paintings which ...Read more>

22 March 2013 |

A preventable loss. A tragic indictment of the consequences of defensive, frightened government.  It is rare today, to find a young person who can do more than download and vomit back out someone else's ideas.  So rare to discover minds capable of helping our society, our world, move to ...Read more>

14 January 2013 |

The Berkman Buzz at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society provides timely reminders on digital issues. This week they let me know (and to my surprise) about a balanced and well-reasoned article about Anonymous , the hacker-activist movement that the US military cyber-war division ...Read more>

8 April 2012 |

I am attaching links to 2 completely different ways of listening to the American domestic discussion on the use of UAVs (drones) in precision strikes (targeted killings).  This is because they are a contrast which expresses the embattled conscience within the American psyche that is not highlighted in progressive commentary ...Read more>

25 March 2012 |


The United State's Attorney General Eric Holder today made a speech to justify the legal framework around targeted killings, including of a US citizen overseas.  The full text of his speech is to be found at Opinio Juris who will be publishing analysis quite soon ...Read more>

6 March 2012 |



An extraordinary interview by an Australian abroad who is rarely discussed or featured in the Australian media and, I would venture to say, is rarely thought of by Australians.   The Rolling Stone  interview of Julian Assange is important, and can be read online ...Read more>

5 March 2012 |

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 |

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 |

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 |


In this surreal landscape, Department of Defence (DOD) Dragonfly robots both record and control Julian Assange, our 19th century marionette-Crusader, holding his shield of digital secrets as the world redefines war.
If the battle today is about moderates and extremists, does anyone of us dare to admit where we stand? ...Read more>

25 December 2010 |

I have art in the LGBT Literature Issue of Phati'tude Magazine in New York City. You can preview the issue via the link below but my image only appears in the hard copy, available from their website or Amazon.

http://phatitude.org/online/phatitude-magazine/plm-lgbt-summer-2010-preview/
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12 November 2010 |

This painting is now in week 8 of not getting past this point. It's ok, in the meantime I did a small one, Kandahar Kandy , and started some notes on a possible illustration project for a book on chanson des geste. But any ...Read more>

23 September 2010 |


It is the intimate, personal, penetratingly perceptive touch,
indeed, that is equipped to furnish a chapter
that would have been missing were the camera exclusively relied upon.

--New York Times review of combat art show, 1943 One link between artists and soldiers is the promise of appreciation (immortality?) after ...Read more>

21 September 2010 |

I've been finishing off the cake quartet. Where this strange analogy of the wedding cake comes into it, I have to admit to some inspired, but ultimately mysterious, source. I like that I don't always know what's happening on my canvases. I mean sure, I follow a ...Read more>

27 August 2010 |

Now Available Lady Jane's Miscellany magazine features the work of critically acclaimed poets, dramatists, essayists, short story writers, artists and more!  I'm really pleased to be the featured artist for their second issue with a 7 page interview and several ...Read more>

11 July 2010 |


My painting And Starring Benyamin Netanyahu as Norman Maine uses the main characters from the 1950s musical A Star is Born as metaphor for the current relationship between America (Esther) and Israel (Norman). It was very much a personal ...Read more>

29 April 2010 |


Purchase a copy of Issue 9 online or at the following bookshops:
In Paris (@Librairie Les Mots la Bouche) In London (@Gay's the Word) In San Francisco (@City Lights Bookshop) I have a painting in the current issue of Chroma Journal ...Read more>

21 February 2010 |

Completed painting "Angels and Pears" [pictured]

Acrylic paint, screenprint and gold leaf on canvas. Several layers of print here. The leaf is applied on the pears and crosses.

It's part of a contemplation on the role of Spirit in the peace process that came out of several sketches I ...Read more>

24 September 2009 |

These are 3 small canvases (10x10)acrylic paint, screenprint and 22k gold leaf. Not sure if they will fit together as one triptych or remain 3 separate paintings. The working title is "State of the Union".  It's looking at the legitimacy of ideas, especially how we use religious ideas to ...Read more>

24 September 2009 |


"Oh Barack, Don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars." Chick Flick: Acrylic, screenprint on 16 x 20" canvas.
This is a continuation of my using Broadway and Hollywood metaphors, in examining the US/Israeli/Palestinian relationships. 'Chick Flick' explores ...Read more>

24 September 2009 |

A lot of the issues which have arisen since Obama's Egyptian speech reminded me of the prophetic silence of the 'Sibyl of Cumae' (Roman prophesies, Homeric stories, Virgil's Aeneid VI etc). It is exploring the role of prophesy in modern political life.

Lately I have been thinking about ...Read more>

26 August 2009 |

I have just scanned and uploaded the first 3 completed paintings from my new series exploring the new US administration. I am now researching and doing sketches for some smaller canvases which look at the Israel/Palestine situation, and as you can imagine they are taking some time. The new ...Read more>

12 February 2009 |

The April cover of Modern Painters came out with a cover on Art & War at the same time that US artist Steve Kurtz's case finally got thrown out of court. He was cleared of FBI suspicions of bio-terrorism for growing bacteria in petri dishes ...Read more>

26 June 2008 |

  EXHIBITION - Pittsburgh, PA, USA Sept 14- Oct 20, 2007. American Caricature: An Exhibit of Political Cartoons - A World View of the United States by 34 political cartoonists. Opening Sept 14 - Oct 20, 2007, Three Rivers ...Read more>

14 September 2007 |

Cover Art: Social Policy Magazine , New Orleans, USA. 2007 (Education Reform). I really found this a challenge, as I worked with a great editor, Caitlin, who sent me the complex articles on the No Child Left Behind Act which was being reviewed by Congress during ...Read more>

1 June 2007 |


NEW EXHIBITION: CUNY Graduate Centre NY April 2007
 
 I will have 2 pieces in Leading labour cartoonist Gary Huck's Reflex: An exhibition of political cartoons. A world view of the United States to be launched April 26-28, 2007 at the CUNY Graduate Center, 34th Street and Fifth Avenue, ...Read more>

17 February 2007 |



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