This World Is Your Oyster

The title piece from my 2014 solo show.

The usual expression is “the world is your oyster” but I deliberately used “this” to imply more than one world.

Our universe is so vast that I believe it to be statistically impossible that none of the uncountable planets are inhabited.

I don’t necessarily imagine the aliens we encounter will be (or are) even remotely as cute as the ones I’ve depicted here though!

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Artemis Rising

Yet another giant goddess.

This one dates from the early 2000s and was one of my most successful “drippy paint” canvases.

I sold it not long after it was completed – and before I kept good records – so I have no idea where it is now. I’d be interested to know how the paint held up, as some of the other canvases from that time have faded quite a bit.

 

Buck Rogers

A vague tribute to a great TV show from my childhood.

I enjoy the limited colour palette of this one, which dates back to the mid-1990s when I was still signing my work with a pasted “warp” and working only on paper, not canvas.

I believe I chose the model for her resemblance to a young Drew Barrymore. I needed something simple and bold to fill the bottom of the page and the Buck Rogers figures were a perfect fit with the colour palette and also had the effect of making “Drew” look like a goddess, which suited me as well.

Z Is For Zoolophone

A few years ago I commissioned a local airbrush artist to spray 7 canvases in the style of a sunrise.

Each one was named after a day of the week and the collage told a story of something that happened on that day. This is Sunday.

I feel that this piece was a great way to end the series. It’s got cute animals, weird-headed kids, small people to make the other elements seem giant, all my favourite motifs.

The Robot Age

A few years ago I commissioned a local airbrush artist to spray 7 canvases in the style of a sunrise.

Each one was named after a day of the week and the collage told a story of something that happened on that day. This is Saturday.

Despite having well over a hundred books in my collection of collage material it’s rare to find a two-page spread in good condition that I can use as the background for a collage, so I knew I had to make this one count. The result is without a doubt one of my top 10 best collages.

The Last Of The Jellyheads

A few years ago I commissioned a local airbrush artist to spray 7 canvases in the style of a sunrise.

Each one was named after a day of the week and the collage told a story of something that happened on that day. This is Friday.

This could perhaps be described as “the one where I got carried away with making weird combinations of heads and bodies”.

It’s a crazy psychedelic mess and I love it!

Lunar Orbiters

A few years ago I commissioned a local airbrush artist to spray 7 canvases in the style of a sunrise.

Each one was named after a day of the week and the collage told a story of something that happened on that day. This is Thursday.

This one is inspired by John Birmingham’s marvellous tales of student / wastrel life in 1990s Australia, “He Died With A Felafel In His Hand” and “The Tasmanian Babes Fiasco”, with what I hope is a suitable cast of weirdos.