Category Archives: painting

Nietzsche and the Horse (2011)

Friedrich Nietzsche was a hugely influential German philosopher. Much misunderstood and misrepresented, he is perhaps best known for his notion of the Will to Power. I have painted him embracing a horse, a reference to the event which is generally considered to be the point of his mental breakdown. On January 3, 1889, Nietzsche suffered […]

A Moral Compass (2011)

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 […]

Beneath the void (2010)

Thankfully, my general demeanour is relatively upbeat, however, like many others, I am subject to the occasional bout of depression. While every shred of my rational self tries to escape the crushing blanket of hopelessness, it’s no easy feat. It was during a recent episode that I was inspired to create this image. For me, […]

The General and The Grunt

I updated these two for Congregation 2010 “The Minotaur of Greek mythology was the result of the union of Pasiphae and a bull. He dwelt inside the labyrinth and devoured anyone who entered. Here the minotaur is presented as an Army General – you can draw your own conclusions. I have painted this diptych in […]