This latest work is a triptych of paintings inspired by the works of Cranach the Elder, a German Renaissance painter whose naive figurative stylings I find particularly appealing. His preoccupation with mythological and religious imagery succinctly demonstrates the power of visual art in times of widespread illiteracy. Cranach was also a friend of Martin Luther (whoâ€™s moral outrage at the corrupt Catholic Church led to a new branch of Christianity).
A Moral Compass (triptych)
The paintings are made on a surface of 1980s comics, which may be considered morality tales in themselves. Comics provide simple stories of good versus evil, echoing the framework of the society they represent â€“ Judeao/Christian moral landscape which in many ways remains unchanged since the Renaissance.
Venus (after Cranach)
I have denied the figures their beauty by replacing their heads with skulls. A reminder that all of us are born condemned to die, that corporality is always hiding just beneath our skin. For those who believe in an â€˜afterlifeâ€™, how we conduct ourselves inside our fleshy vessels impacts greatly on what happens after death.
Antaeus vs Heracles (after Cranach)
I have placed the paintings in frames of my own construction, embedded with other signifiers of childhood moral gameplay; marbles, toy soldiers and cowboys & indians and other drossy ephemera.
Lucretia (after Cranach)
Cranach painted many religious and mythological subjects throughout his career, which I intend to investigate through a series of paintings â€“ of which this is the first â€“ viewing the contemporary world through the moral lens of the 15th Century Master.