I’m excited about offering my workshop module, which I have run over many years from my studio (first in Southsea, recently from Rookley) now at Quay Arts Summerschool.Read More
The four pieces of Rosarium were made for the exhibition A garden at the foot of every tree. It took me longer than initially expected. This was due to questions such as: should I paint details of the garden as they are, make doubles of what I see through the windows of the studio and the house, or what I see on my photos taken when I wanted to keep something against time, against the constant changes?Read More
I am currently working on two series of paintings: a new one (based on the Splendor Solis illuminations) Echo and a continuation of the Osiris Fragments. Working on these images confronts me again with the old question, when is it ‘finished’, when does the process of painting comes to a halt? Do I want to reveal and ‘finish’ figures/objects, make it ‘easy’ for the beholder or stick even more to the joy that comes with breaking figures/objects up, leaving them in a state of becoming, partially manifested and partially virtual? I catch myself sometimes thinking ‘nobody will recognise that …’, reminding myself of the joy of doing ‘precise’ life drawing – although what I want to achieve is to leave the beholder space for associations and feelings. Altogether different registers, I guess.Read More
After a very busy time (also away from studio and home), I have now enough space to experiment again. Working on some commissions (both reflecting Splendor Solis) and am happy to have so much studio time at hand.
The Egyptian god-image Osiris appears in Maier’s Atalanta Fugiens (Fleeting Atalanta) as a placeholder for the alchemical king, a position of power that has to go through a process of death in order to renew; in the upper left corner his wife/sister/mother Isis is depicted contemporarily dressed and approaching the dismembered form of Osiris as if located perhaps in the recess of a cellar.Read More
Friday 13th – the exhibition of 7 awardholders at the British School at Rome.Read More