I found these vintage film projectors at Everything Old Canada and thought that side by side they had a bold and interesting shape and design. I like the repetition and variation of the four circular reels.
This painting is six feet high by four feet wide – the largest painting I’ve done to date.
The chair once belonged to my mother-in-laws grandfather, and she was kind enough to gift it to me. It was the perfect chair for this commission.
Browsing through a second hand book shop, I came across this heavy duty science book – The Story of Our Planet. I thought it made the perfect subject, especially juxtaposed with the vintage microscope hidden inside its box.
This painting is available through the Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento, California. Read more
I haven’t painted or drawn figuratively since my student days. I took to painting objects and still life and rolled with it for many years.
Perhaps one day I’ll return to painting people, but for now chairs are as close as I get.
Chairs suggest a figure. Their design suggest a purpose, a form, femininity or masculinity. They have a definite silhouette which is important in my paintings. They give a sense of space, an interior. You can imagine a person, perhaps even yourself, in the space of the chair.