This collection of paintings derives from a very concentrated period of time, predominately the summer of 2014. After establishing ourselves in our new home we enjoyed some time away with friends at their place in France, a wooded, rural retreat nestled amongst some of Provence’s oldest working vineyards. Open Season is the period during which wild boar can be hunted in the area – an ancient tradition that’s alive and well today.
As per usual I’ve turned to those close to me for pieces like Ronnie and Jack, Jessica’s Jumper and Job Lot, which provide personal snapshots of life at home, whereas the bulk of the other paintings take their inspiration from our time in France. It was on this holiday that we saw our son swim for the first time (with a little help from a giant, gaudy inflatable dragon). We overdosed on local wine and swam beneath thunderstorms, the air thick with the smell of lavender. Gigaro draws on a perfect long lunch at the beach, while Nice Jugs observes decorative items on display in our friends’ home and Mister Big Cock honours the resident rooster, with its proclivity for spoiling the silence whenever possible.
DAILY BREAD (2015) •
112x110cm . oil on canvas
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