Studio 46, 47-51 Hawks Road, Kingston, KT1 3DS

Trouble in Paradise

Trouble in Paradise - Fragile Earth Series

About Trouble in Paradise

Another in the Fragile Earth series of circular paintings which talk about the sustainability and delicate balance and symbiosis between all living things which co-exist on our beautiful planet.  

Taking a rather tongue-in-cheek look at the Old Testament story of creation, Adam and Eve get kicked out of Eden because Eve has taken a bite out of the gorgeous apple offered by the temptress Serpent.   So many issues to unpack here, not least which is sexual politics…. but this isn’t the main focus.   This is Day 4, when god created all the animals, plants and birds and depicts the chaotic, glorious, celebratory abundance of the newly natural world.  

If you take a close look at the bottom right hand section, there is a hunt going on, with the poor Kudu giving chase to a Leopard.  Survival of the fittest is the essence of evolution but we now live in a world we have overpopulated and filled with our pollution.  Different rules apply and with the dramatic heightened colour, there is a sense of drama. As with other works, I love building up layers of transparent colour and drawing, overlaid with a more impasto use of media (oil sticks) which are vibrant and add texture.  

Dimensions:  72cm x 72cm