Recent paintings: human / creature hybrids

These are some recent examples of my paintings with a common on-going theme:  all are hybrids of humans with animal attributes, and vice-versa.  Mostly, the ideas are from mythology, (often Ancient Egyptian), or from folk-lore or from alchemical imagery, with other ideas and feelings from the depths of my imagination.

New paintings from spring 2014

Two paintings inspired by time spent in Berlin in August 2013.  “Bronze Snake”  derived from a painting I saw in an old church, which referred to an Old Testament passage in The Book of Numbers.  As I understood it, it seemed to be about God getting so fed up with his Chosen People, that he disowned them and abandoned them to worshiping a metallic serpent.   “An Apple and an Egg” refers to a conversation that I had with German friends; one of them, Ruth, came from Bavaria.  she told me that she remembered a time when the cost of living was more affordable:  the price of an apple and an egg.  I replied that in English there is an expression for an expensive item, that it cost “an arm and a leg”, so I decided combine the two idioms.

A pair of mythological paintings from 2013

“Welcome” and “Nut and Geb”  (both 2013).  “Welcome” depicts young lovers cautiously entering the “Mouth of Hell” described in Medieval literature, while “Nut and Geb” depicts the Ancient Egyptian myth of the creation of the world, showing the siblings of earth and sky being reluctantly forced apart.

Mandala paintings

“Mermandala” (2010), and “Mandaladnam” (2013):  (both mixed media)

Paintings using imagery from the world of Alchemy

Two paintings using imagery drawn from studies of alchemy in medieval  times.

Left:  ” Midnight in the Garden of Eden”, and right: ” Heaven or Hell?”

The “Parched Car” series

This is a series of images attempting to convey my feelings towards environmental issues, and my fears for the future.

Two paintings featuring Crustaceans

“Violobsterman”  and “Cellocrabman” (both 2008)  acrylic paint on canvas