Intricacy and bold mark making side by side over a deep red velvet. A multicoloured pointillist covering of marks with accents of metallics, pearl and deep glitters that have iridescent rainbow hues running through. 

In different lighting, daylight, artificial, sunlight, low light, this painting speaks a different language, a different kind of bliss with each. Sometimes blinging and zinging with reflected twinkles and glitterings, truly celebratory!  

A Vulture in a Cage  2020
Acrylic on  Canvas 120 x 60 x 4 cm
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I started this large painting early 2020 and finally finished it just as the first full on lockdown came. Had I have know I don't think I would have stayed inside and in one position for so very long! 

The title is a corruption from William Blake’s “Auguries of Innocence,” specifically the line "A Robin Redbreast in a cage puts all Heaven in a rage". The  poem consists of a series of paradoxes in which Blake juxtaposes innocence with evil and corruption. The word augury in the title means omen or token, and the robin is the poem’s first noted “augury of innocence.” 


The robin’s song, personality, and countenance are such that Blake saw the act of putting one in a cage as not only an enraging violation but also as a profound perversion of holiness. 


The full title for this painting is Would a Vulture in a Cage put all of Heaven in a Rage? By swapping Blake's robin with a vulture and placing a tiny robin below I was thinking about Beauty/Ugliness and the associated value that is placed on both and how this can influence the balance, are we influenced with ideas of physical beauty equaling goodness and purity, if so, what hope the vulture? 

I wanted the painting to have a fairy tale feel to it, dark woods and candlelit  castles, something that Rumplestiltskin may have one his wall? The Cage is taken from a antique French design that I have altered somewhat to create unwieldy and slightly off proportions.

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