This ongoing series, On Time, introduces schematic images to challenge the linear concept of time or the assumption that we are constantly moving forward out of the past and into the future. They are a continuation and development of work produced in 2017-2018 and have integrated techniques developed in the earlier series.
I am interested in alternative explanations of time as more circular, or a phenomenon that is relative or even illusory. These explanations subvert the idea that art is progressing such that whatever is created today is superior to what went before. They challenge the idea of an Avant Garde that rejects the misapprehensions of the past, brings art boldly into the present day and charts its path into the future.
On Time is inspired by European Neolithic images from from 7000 – 3500 BC. While many artists have been interested in so called “primitive” artwork of either contemporary or ancient cultures, a closer study reveals the sophistication and skill of these ancient artists and art forms. Their simplification of images produced an abstract, symbolic, conceptual art that relates to contemporary artists’ striving to express timeless ideas. I will be continuing to produce work on this theme in 2020.
For a longer, more detailed description see the recent post .
Though also inspired by an Old European Neolithic image, the following painting is in a different style and is more like a transition between the Graven Images series and the Time Lines series.