Francis Crick, tripping (2006)

acrylic on canvas, 600mm x 600mm

Francis Crick is credited, along with James Watson [and to a lesser extent Rosalind Franklin] with the discovery of the structure of DNA.
On the surface it appears to be an everyday story of academic brilliance, however this article alludes to the fact that Crick was interested in the effects of LSD as a tool for promoting creative thought, and it has been suggested that the structure of DNA was revealed to Crick under the influence of the drug.

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8 thoughts on “Francis Crick, tripping (2006)”

  1. Although I believe Rosalind Franklin should be credited with the true discovery of the structure of DNA, I can appreciate this work. This is awe-inducing work. I am often seduced by the effects LSD can have on an individual and how it transforms one’s productions whilst altered. Now, were you in a completely sober state of mind whilst creating this?

  2. I can’t keep myself from gawking at the expression on his face. The maddened look in his eyes. This piece really locks me in…or maybe I’m just having flashbacks… His expression reminds me of a common expression I see on the faces of friends when tripping. Although, I cannot be sure if it’s an expression I’m imagining or they’re actually making. Either way, I’m there again — in that place — and that is why I think this is a brilliant work–not because it is merely aesthetically pleasing, but because it also has an ability to transport me to another time and place. That’s how I judge art, whether or not I can stare at/listen to/watch it, transfixed, for long periods of time.

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