About the Paintings

An introduction for the viewers of the paintings

 An insight into some of the ideas that I have in making them.

Firstly that the purpose of life the real purpose of life is to be found in the Spiritual. We are spiritual entities in a physical body and one can begin to penetrate the spiritual realm through prayer and meditation. I do not say that there is only one way…all cultures and indeed all people have their own way. My way is through meditation and so most, if not all the paintings in some way refer to this. The experience(s) of meditation are many yet it is a way to penetrate to the very essence of our beings. It is as if a whole universe is inside each one of us.

Mankind is always searching for knowledge to try and understand the Reality of our world, of the universe, of ourselves…of the beginning of everything. Science has revealed an enormous amount of information and the knowledge gained in every discipline expands every day, yet for each discovery, no matter how much we do know there is always further questions. The sages will say that the truth…the ultimate truth cannot be expressed…it can only be understood as Mystery. To understand mystery requires another faculty of being human…the ability to believe, the ability to have faith…this quality or gift enables human beings to transcend themselves. Our imagination is perhaps our greatest ability. Every great discovery and enterprise originated firstly in the mind of somebody.

Frisson of a Sphere, Oil on Linen, 125cm x 100cm
In The Beginning Was The Word, Oil on Linen, 125cm x 100cm
Fragments 2, Oil on Linen, 40cm x 35cm

Reality as demonstrated by science is multi layered…taking the most mundane object we can go from its physical presence  and enter into it with the aid of the microscope and deeper still with the electron microscope and recently a scientist said why bother building any more instruments at fantastic cost…we can go infinitely small!! In a number of pictures I refer to the atomic or sub atomic realm
 and we can see that in our own lives…even the most basic encounter with another human being can be viewed from so many different perspectives and within our own minds we are receiving thousands of impressions each minute…it is amazing…we process all this information. Some paintings are referring to our minds and memory…the advances in neuroscience interest me…the trillions of connections inside our brains, and the development of consciousness.

The development of the internet, the proliferation of communication devices is generating what is called DATA… BIG DATA.

Various bodies (CIA?) particularly in the United States are building warehouses the size of ten football pitches to store the collected data…and when you think that so much can be stored on a device the size of a matchbox….there are literally billions of photographs being posted onto the internet every day. We can see the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate.

So I have used various concepts such as Tiling a theory proposed by Roger Penrose to depict the way nature forms

Mathematics …it is through mathematics that scientists are able to develop theories and prove or disprove them… I am in awe at the ability of these great mathematicians…my contribution is the fractal shapes that I use within the simpler Euclidean ones of the square the circle and the triangle.

These simple shapes fascinate me greatly…the circle as a symbol of perfection and wholeness and the triangle as the most basic of shapes. We start with a point….two points in space connected give us a straight line and the addition of a third point not on the line when joined to the existing points give rise to the triangle. I once had a recurring dream as a child where I saw a triangle, was somehow engaged or connected to this triangle. Perhaps it was learning at Catholic School the doctrine of the Trinity. That God is three persons in One…it terrified me…because it was alive…

Pyramid, Oil on Linen, 35cm x 35cm
Isolated Memories, Oil on Linen, 40cm x35cm
Inner Sun, Oil on Linen, 40cm x 40cm

So some of the paintings are developing the idea of a possible universe populated with simple shapes…though as I have discovered, nothing is simple when we look into it deeply enough…and so the simple triangle has within it a whole moving universe of biomorhic  or fractal shapes… and lives and moves in an equally complex environment

I believe there are patterns in nature that permeate or are the basis of all created things…as witnessed by the images we get from the Hubble Telescope and the electron microscope and  which we can see in everything around us…the grain of wood for instance…. I am often fascinated indeed entranced when kneeling in church to look at the seat in front of me and ponder the patterns in the wood.
Our minds like to make sense of these patterns and so that is why we see faces in the fire, Rorsachs Test of the inkblot…

And again I find great joy and inspiration in the work of other artists…the magnificent body of work that is contained in our museums all over the world…what a thrill to see again albeit on Twitter the great Edvard Munch painting of Sunset

I am not a scientist or mathematician nor am I a Guru…I am a painter. Yet I recognize that the truth of our reality of our existence is somehow reflected in their work. There is such immanent joy in nature, in all creation …we feel it more at certain times than others… and there is sorrow too…yet the inner life , the inner pulse of creation is joy…is love.

I want to communicate my own excitement and joy in being alive and all that I see

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