Painting: Oil on Canvas and Wood.
This is from a series inspired by seventeenth century Dutch genre paintings, depicting women performing various tasks in the home. In contrast with these small, humble Dutch scenes, my women take on heroic proportions, are painted larger than life, and are no longer in the house but are placed outside in the landscape.
The apple, pearls and needle reference symbols from historical painting, which I then hijack for my own purposes. In Vermeer's day a single pearl meant chastity and loyalty, whereas many pearls represented vanity. The apple has Biblical references and is seen in many Madonna images. Needles, and the act of sewing can have sexual connotations, as in the act of threading a pearl.
My artworks deal with the anxieties and frustrations of daily life and give them a face. They depict an inner emotional world, but it's submerged below the surface and the Madonna like subject maintains a calm yet ambiguous expression.
This dramatic two metre tall oil painting on Belgian linen is made on a custom built oval stretcher.
Keywords: pearls, woman, Sewing, apple, landscape
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I love this one!
I love your large paintings and the humour in them and the daily house hold chores people do mixed with nature. Duncan.
you are fantastic ! I adore your work!
Thank you SO much for your lovely comments!!! Much appreciated. I work in isolation so much of the time, so it's always a little daunting putting what was made in private into the public sphere. By the way this is very large painting, which you can't appreciate from the image - 2 metres tall on a big oval stretcher.
Votre travail mÃ©riterait d'Ãªtre exposÃ© dans un grand musÃ©e. C'est mystÃ©rieux, poÃ©tique, et plein d'humour. Les clins d'oeuil aux grands artistes sont dÃ©celables.
Continuez : mÃªme si vous sous sentez seul : vous ne l'Ãªtes pas. Votre oeuvre s'inscrit parfaitement dans la mouvance Art Continu. Vous avez un grand avenir artistique.
this must be great to see the original, the sizes are so big, wow, I would like to see this in real!! this work is so fabulous with this oldfashion landscape and the pearls rolling to the viewer, you have such fantastic ideas Chris, wonderful!!!
I bet seeing the original must be impressing!