What are we looking for?
Oil on stretched canvas
Humanity can be enticed into believing that what is sold in the shops is what makes life good. Each can become a god. Money; gambling; food; what we look like; alcohol; what we possess; pets, and sport. The DIY shop symbolizes our belief that we can do everything in our own strength. There are seven empty people wandering amongst the shops looking for something. Each figure represents one of the 7 deadly sins: envy, pride, anger, gluttony, lust, sloth and greed. There is a narrow pathway between the shops leading to St. Peter’s church, Yaxley. The figure at the entrance of the pathway has taken his first step towards a life of more substance. Hence the sole of his foot is solid.
Oils on stretched canvas
100cm x 100cm: 40" x 40"
After I visited Peterborough Cathedral and later walked through a local forest of trees, I noticed that many of the shapes above me were similar. Both tall and majestic; both have arches and space; both point to heaven and to the glory of God. Here I’ve tried to capture the relationship between a cathedral’s architecture and the structure of trees using the shapes i saw to make an abstract painting. The colours I’ve used are those in the linen used in the church’s year: green, red, purple and white. The painting was inspired by Rousseau and Cezanne’s who used of blocks of colour in a natural setting.