Another World Collection. Produced in 2020 in the first UK lockdown, these images contain reference to ideas of degeneration, decomposition and their inverse: generation/composition.
This print was one of a small number that was produced in during 2020 in the first UK lockdown, and is part of the artist's response to the pandemic. Much of his work explores the concepts of duality and paradox. In this picture this idea is expressed in the form of a mushroom - mushrooms can be poisonous and lead to death, but they are also an essential part of decomposition and so, the regeneration of new life. Amainita Virosa is the Latin name for the destroying angel, a ghostly white and highly poisonous mushroom, common in much of Europe. However the mushroom pictured was a field mushroom that had been found flattened and dried like some bizzare cubist representation of reality. If you stare at the mushroom for a length of time you may get the impression that you can see the eyes of the woman in the portrait behind. The autumnal rich palette of yellows, gold and chestnut brown are complemented by the red of the lips and a tinge of blue in the face, suggesting an image infused with both melancholia and peacefulness. The portrait with it's blue face is also tongue in cheek reference to 'Chinese Girl' the 1952 painting by Vladimir Tretchikoff of a blue faced girl, which became one of the best selling reproduction prints of the 20th century.