This painting represents the dynamic play between life and death. The large slabs of red in India express dynamism and life, a colour of union and commitment between two people and often used in weddings. White, the absence of colour, is worn by widows, representing death but also peace and purity, diametrically opposed to red. The two symbolise the interplay between life and death, togetherness and separateness. the image is held between two bands of turmeric yellow, the colour of knowledge, meditation and mental development.
Gateway of India
150 x 150 cm, Oil on Canvas
The Gateway of India has been a silent witness to many important moments of history. It is the backdrop to the unfolding daily events of the many gathered there. As evening approaches and the red sun dips into the Indian Ocean, the surrounding area takes on an almost carnival atmosphere. Musicians and hawkers vie for the attentions of the throngs of tourists, as young couples wander under the watchful eye of elderly chaperones. The whole of life plays out in this arena, each and every day adding its small mark to the layers of history and time.
150 x 120 cm
Oil on Canvas
Pivot was the first painting after the Gateway of India, creating a more abstract content and expressing a universal metaphor for transformation. The shape and design of Pivot and the subsequent Gateway series, reflect the mathematical symbol of Pi. This incorporates the concept both of the circle and the idea of infinity. The circle in Hinduism and Buddhism refers to heaven bound, but the pillars of the gateway anchor this symbol in the earth.
125 x 130 cm, Oil on Canvas
95 x 110 cm
Oil on Canvas
Krishna Blue was a continuation of the Gateway Series inspired by the ancient blue city of Jodhpur deep in the Thar Desert. Blue is symbolic of dark forces which, however, can be held in check by the practice of right action and courage. The blue figures are metaphors for these two choices. As I was painting this in the studio, a song by David Sylvian came on called Krishna Blue.