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I have a long standing interest in art prior to the Renaissance. The paper works in ‘Gems’ follows on from my series of paper crowns, ‘Oligarchy’ 2017. Each crown explored a different element of decoration associated with rulership and power.
In the spirit of the almost surreal materialism of Pop artist Claes Oldenburg’s soft sculptures including electric fans, the paper works in ‘Gems’ are based on observations of stone cuts and metalsmith techniques associated with the Gothic period. A time when different ‘precious’ stones and metals denoted status and had spiritual associations.
Halo, 2019, oil on paper, 34 x 29 x 9 cm.
High Cut, 2019, oil on paper, 32 x 26 x 13 cm.
Black Gold, 2020, oil on paper, 38 x 24 x 10 cm.
Red Coral, 2020, oil on paper, 38 x 26 x 17 cm.
Emerald White, 2019, oil on paper, 27 x 21 x 10 cm.
Sapphire White, 2019, oil on paper, 27 x 21 x 9 cm.
|Royal Violet, 2019, oil on paper, 32 x 25 x 15 cm|