OK, this one started out with ventriloquist’s dummies.
I find them fascinating. Others find them slightly unsettling in the same way people find clowns disturbing.
When I was a kid, back in the UK, there was a prime-time radio show, the star was a ventriloquist’s dummy who went by the name of ‘Archie Andrews.’
In this painting I’ve paired my male dummy with the equally-artificial babe to, hopefully, provide an oddball mis-match that questions, well, relationships. And why, when and how do we, unassuming mere mortals, ever get involved in them?
Throw in ancient pyramid, spacecraft, antiquated statues and majestic butterflies emerging from their chrysalis and this whole tangled web of artifice will leave you in little doubt that the journey between life and death is far more labyrinthian than you, being a simple soul, had ever anticipated!
The title ‘Batteries Not Included’ explains the whole, muddled endeavour.
Batteries Not Included
Acrylic on Canvas
91.5 cms wide x 76 cms high
ARTBOX.PROJECTS Zurich 4.0 2022
LA Art Show 2023, Los Angeles Convention Centre.
Artexpo New York, Pier 36 NY.
Hamptons Art Fair 2023, Long Island, New York State.
Red Dot Miami 2023, Florida.
Published in Circle (Foundation for the Arts) Quarterly Art Review 2022. Part of a three-page feature.
Current Masters 6 (World Wide Art Books, California USA). Part of a four-page feature, published 2023.