When I first heard the suggestion that the judiciary and greater Parliamentary oversight could 'save the day' and redress the reckless use of new capabilities by Britain's security service GCHQ, an image flashed into my mind of a 1903 painting by Australian impressionist Tom Roberts - known
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
I noted this new coronal mass ejection as part of what will become a normal and disruptive occurance over the next 11 years. I have featured this in my painting The Emaculate Contraptio n because I think they will have an enormous affect on our environment.
Within the last 72 hours, soldier's cheered the closing of the gates and the end of the Iraq War which has destroyed more than the lives of nearly 4,840 soldiers (4,500 American) plus a conservatively reported 100,000 Iraqi lives.
It destroyed our trust in our capacity to overcome our nature.
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
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
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
OK, so I never knew Einstein, but I can't imagine he would object to being challenged. He'd probably relish it. As Don Howard, a lecturer on Einstein at Notre Dame University said on NPR, "this is the glory of science" (Experiments are allowed, even encouraged, to challenge pillars of science).
Selected articles from the 9/11 blogosphere : Memories are still vivid, but we need to declare the end of the 9/11 era by Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian UK , 06/09/11. Mark the September 11 anniversary with care,
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
Today, as I was listening on the bus to Greg and Michael's performance version of the Song of Roland (see my post) I was also contemplating the role of memory. It still amazes me the way Michael’s translations are helping to generate content,
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
It is a real change in era when great painters like Leonora Carrington and now, Indian painter Maqbool Fida Hussain, pass out of the present and into the past. his death at 95, so close to Carrington's, underscores this vacuum. As much a victim of right-wing Hindu religious extremism as
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
Lumet died aged 86 on April 9, 2011 in his residence in Manhattan, New York from lymphoma. His 1976 film Network remains for me the most precient, prophetic film of the time. How close have we come in today's information saturated environment to lead
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
The last 2 months I had a very interesting experience working with a politician in Western Australia, MLA John Hyde, the opposition minister for Arts and Heritage and Multiculturalism in Western Australia. In a series of meetings, I asked him questions about his past life before politics (he used
"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
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
This is my 16 canvas (20x20cm each) painting of Diana's alternative realities. called Schrodinger's Requiem. In this narrative, Diana lives, as per the many worlds theory of quantum physics. I did sell this painting, and wish I could have kept it,