Grace, Under Pressure

‘Grace, Under Pressure’ is a statement of intent within my folio, given that it’s the first work painted onto Aluminium. I’d been looking for a material that offered a smooth painting surface; smoother than might be obtained with the usual board or canvas and, in Aluminium, I think I’ve found it. It’s so stable as a medium – never cracking or warping – and carries the paint beautifully.

For some time now, I’ve been fascinated by ‘Magic-Realism’ and have been steadily building-up a folio of work with that theme; as a ‘Dryad’, Grace‘ fits right into that schema.

There’s a lot going on in the work. First – and most obvious – is the Mandarin Duck sat atop Grace’s head, looking at first glance, to be an ornate head-piece, offset by the swag of apple blossom in her hair. Talking of hair, I was struck at the way her billowing locks mingle with the corona of berry-laden twigs at her back; a happy experiment. The work is framed by a halo of neutral sky-blue, from which her single, striking earring is leaping.

Grace might be ‘Under Pressure’ then, but her serenity triumphs: and isn’t that what we’re all striving for?


  • Prints

    All of my OPEN or LIMITED EDITION PRINTS, are printed by my (superb) photographer onto archival paper. Depending on the suitability of the image, they come in either THREE or FOUR sizes:  Mini: An Open Edition, that’s hand-monogrammed on the Matte.  Small: Ready-mounted & signed in an edition of #195.   Medium: Ready-mounted & signed in an edition of #95.   Large: Un-Mounted & signed in an edition of #49.   Frames shown for illustrative purposes only.

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