- Throughout my earlier ‘Storyteller’ works I have loved creating pieces of varying styles and scenes that showcased the wonder-full world of Mary Poppins. The narrative has always appealed as there is such quirky, randomness that glosses over a darker undertone that runs through.
A long-running story that I have been building suggests an intense relationship between Mary and Bert, one built on dominance and a battle for control yet one driven by an unquestionable love for one another. There are further suggestions to this within this crazy and bizarre scene that is overrun by birds - well they were warned not to feed them!
The working title for this piece was ‘A Spoonful Of F**k Knows!’ as I wanted to create something completely and utterly random! This scene set within Regents Park in London is a follow on from an earlier piece ‘Cast Off Your Shackles’ where this time a magical Carousel dominates the scene and provides the platform for so much detail to interact with it.
The aim was to create a piece that is so intense, bold yet pretty, classic yet current and I hope that I have achieved that here. This piece along with others within my latest ‘Storyteller’ works showcases a slight shift where I have sought to bring pieces that might initially look classical bang up-to-date with references that suggest a much more current time frame. These may just simply be fun references that give the scene context to the lead characters who you don’t get to see or other more topical and political details.
This was a cracking piece to create, incredibly challenging from a technical point of view but so worth it. I take equal satisfaction in placing two Flamingos within a giant tea cup (not much reference material for that!) to seeing my beautiful British Bulldog George make his debut, I might be biased but I think he might just steal the show!
‘Stop Feeding The Birds!’ is a showcase of how I love to create a scene that initially looks to be all things bright and beautiful yet the closer you look you notice things within the grass that shift things ever so slightly. It represents the acceptance to just how close darkness exists to light in this fairground ride that they call life, however the ultimate aim is for you to join me in celebrating Dear Old Blighty!
- Released: 2018
- Collection: A New Chapter
- Edition Size: 10
- Specification: Limited edition fine art print, hand signed by artist.
- Image Size: 32” x 24"
- Framed Size (Approx): 42” x 34"
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