‘Old Masters and Found Objects’
‘Old Master’ series is an ongoing body of work I began making in 2004.
As a child I spent many hours in my Grandfather’s house pouring over art history books. Initially this was to alleviate the boredom of adult conversation and not being able to get a word in edgeways but soon it became a habit of choice. Thus many ‘Old Master’ paintings became implanted in my head.
Years later, as an artist, I began incorporating found objects in my work and whilst scouring charity shops and flea markets looking for materials I came across toys, trinkets and cheap ceramics some of which reminded me of the paintings I remembered from my childhood.
Since then, if I find inspiration in an object, and having no pressing need for it in another piece of work, I will, for my own amusement, use it to produce my take on an ‘Old Master’.
‘After Goya (3rd May 1808)’ 2005 – painted mdf, plastic toys, shredded paper, red ink (32 x 32 x 32 cm)
‘After Gainsborough (Mr and Mrs Andrews) 2006 – painted mdf, ceramic figures, plastic toys, mummified baby bird – (32 x 32 x 32 cm)
‘Nativity’ 2005 – painted mdf, selected toys, upturned jelly mould, shredded paper – (32 x 32 x 32 cm)
‘Death and the Maiden’ 2007 – plastic skeleton, ‘Brat’ doll, PVA on painted MDF – (32 x 32 x 6 cm)
‘Madonna and Child’ 2002 – Victorian jelly mould, ‘Alien’ toys, doll’s sunglasses (18 x 18 x 11 cm)
‘Ship of Fools’ (after Bosch) 2001 – Victorian jelly mould, various toys, wooden parrot, PVA and blue acrylic paint