Friday 28 August 2009

"Truth is a pathless land"

"Pathless Land"
Mixed Media on cardboard, 2009, 29x29cm, framed (50x50cm)
'The core of Krishnamurti's teaching is contained in the statement he made in 1929
when he said: "Truth is a pathless land".
Man cannot come to it through any organisation, through any creed, through any dogma, priest, or ritual, nor through any philosophical knowledge or psychological technique.'
(p. 5, "To Be Human" by Krishnamurti)
When I heard this statement in a lecture at the Theosophical Society, London, I was inspired to produce a painting without any preconception of what I was going to do, what it would exactly depict. The only basis for the painting was that phrase by Krishnamurti that so deeply touched me. Creativity can be a pathless land at times. One is actually most creative when one lets go of any goals or pre-fabricated concepts.
"Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things."
(Edgar Degas)
"The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through."
(Jackson Pollock)
"Each painting has its own way of evolving ...
When the painting is finished, the subject reveals itself."
(William Baziotes)

Tuesday 11 August 2009

London Canal 2009

"London Canal 2009"
Mixed Media on board, 2009, 117x92cm, unframed
View of the canal from the Chisenhale Arts Centre in Mile End, London.

Monday 10 August 2009

The Urge To Merge

Whenever I start a painting, I am totally immersed with what I am doing. I don't always know where it leads me. It is like a negociation between my initial plan and letting the creative juices flow freely.

When I go out for hours after having started a painting, I often cannot wait to get home, to be home with myself and with what had come through in the creative process hours before. I then want to merge back with myself.


Acrylic on canvas, 1995, 50x70cm
currently not for sale


Oil on canvas, 50x60cm