1700mm x 1230mm x 40mm
oil on shellaced Elm
of this website,
I’ve been asked to say “what my art means to me”.
I shrink from this task for three reasons. Firstly, I ask is a
poet required to draw an illustration of the poem, or a composer
written description of the music? I think not very often and less
Secondly I fear that to answer will bore you, or give you cause
to complain and say “pretentious nonsense”. Lastly
I feel inadequate intellectually to sum up my art or anyone elses,
especially now when anything can pass as “Art”. To
help with this difficulty, I’ve decided to use an example,
and to see if these foggy words can somehow reflect some understanding
of the matter. The “Opium dream”, opposite, is a large
and complex work, unfinished or “in progress” and
some say a masterpiece.
I drew inspiration from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “Kubla
Khan”, the first lines of which are “In Xanadu did
Kubla Khan a stately pleasure-dome decree:”, and from the
original source of his inspiration. The image is of the construction
site of the “stately pleasure-dome”.
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