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From the end of 2017 I wanted to find a way back into strong colours. This began in the ‘Masque’ series. It continues with the new works which ‘recycle’ my tiny sketchbook drawings into prints, and include much larger works pigment printed onto canvas to include photo elements, often from my older works, further hand worked over with paints and varnishes. I was thinking somewhat of the late Richard Hamilton’s exploration of digital printing and painting which regurgitated the ‘pop art’ collage methods in the digital age which I saw in London just after he passed away. It is liberating to combine so many different elements and techniques at last!


Prints from 2017 and 2018 including the ‘Songs of the Earth’ series, Relief Sculptures 2017 (‘Eclogues’, smaller works sent to Japan exhibitions) & Reliefs, Sculptures and Prints 2015-16. The ground is literally becoming my canvas...


The series of ‘Songs of the Earth - Masques’ explores the vision of an underworld of chthonic forces masked behind elaborate metal ‘faces’ composited from metal drain covers I photographed on my recent travels in Japan, Poland, Italy and the UK. The frightening face of what we repress! - “Guardians of the Underworld”