“In these new paintings I am trying to get the essence of a theme in the objects depicted.
The background is presented as a flat surface with no attempt to convey depth or perspective. I am more interested in using the surround to the objects as a design element continuing the chosen theme.
‘Still Life with a Mandarin Duck’ - A Chinese theme
‘Still Life with a Humming Bird’
An Aztec theme here with the Humming Bird portrayed as an outlined figure based on one of the ancient ‘Nazca Line’ designs found in the Nazca Desert in Southern Peru. The bird is taking the nectar from Aztec Arrowhead flowers and attracting the attention of a menacing gargoyle like carved head. The mini-drama is completed by the Sun-God like roundel looking down disapprovingly.
‘Still Life and All That Jazz’
My tribute to the Staffordshire ceramic designer Clarice Cliff. I have placed her ‘Age of Jazz’ figures of the 1930’s in an imaginary Jazz Club setting with Art Deco inspired surround.
‘Tribute to Tamara’
Tamara de Lempicka was one of the leading painters of the Art Deco style.
Here I incorporate her famous painting ‘Self-Portrait in a Green Bugatti’. I’ve made a few alterations and included some Art Deco-type buildings, based on ones such as Chrysler building in New York, in the background as she used to do in some of her portraits. She was working in Paris at this time, hence the reference to the Eiffel Tower.
The Red Bird and Arum Lillies also featured in some of her paintings.”
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