Dare To Dream (The BFG) - Original

Mark Davies British Artist

  • There is so much to draw on from the story, but for me, there was one line from the BFG that kick-started my thinking - where he said he wasn’t a coward. It was the seed for me looking at how the state of mind of the BFG could take a lead role in my interpretation. He is undoubtedly good, he resides amongst all these terrible giants yet has made it his life’s work to catch dreams, filter them and give them to the sleeping children. Look at his relationship with Sophie, really lovely. However what if the lines became blurred?

    To those who see him in his cloak, in the shadows, tie him to the disappearance of the town’s children, but he keeps telling himself he is good. Everyone has demons, voices, doubts. What if his naive, child-like nature was infiltrated and overwhelmed by these dark thoughts? It’s just a bad dream isn’t it? You always wake up fine, unaffected, right? They’re just children, it’s just a dream.

    In a clear state of mind, when he’s on the job he meticulously filters and sorts the good from the bad, my piece sets out the scene when for reasons only known to him the dream bottles have been mixed up. How can something so beautiful do so much bad? It’s just a dream anyway... will be fine in the morning anyway. Dare to dream?

    In my piece the BFG is on the street in the midnight hour with the effects of his work there for all to see, but so are the battles between what he does, or thinks he does, and those that despise and fear him. For example the walls and balcony are daubed with negative and aggressive messaging and often show a reply from the BFG to hit back. Are these from the townsfolk or are these in fact the battles in his head laid out for all to see? His Dream Case is his most personal and treasured possession, the conflict, frustrations and battles spill out onto this too.

    The scene puts beauty first, to the front albeit mixed with darkness. Things lay in the shadows, catch your eye and then stay with you, reminiscent of the plot and his mindset maybe? I wanted to create a piece that was brilliantly beautiful, wonderfully dark and ultimately dream-like, to make you think, to take you away into your own place, just as the BFG does.

    ‘Just let me do good’.

    1. Released: 2016
    2. Collection: Storyteller
    3. Specification: 1 of 1 original framed embellished canvas, hand signed by artist.
    4. Image Size: 48” x 36"
    5. Framed Size: 54” x 41"

Category: spo-default, spo-disabled

Type: Original Artwork

Related Items

Newsletter Sign Up

We respect your privacy. Personal information will not be passed on to any third parties. You can unsubscribe at any point. Thank you.