Midnight Feast

I’d long wanted to try a composition that used the ‘Gestalt’ effect… But, it wasn’t until I found an enigmatic photograph of a Chimpanzee, that I knew I had the right starting point for ‘Midnight Feast’.

So what is ‘Gestalt’? Wikipedia summarises it thus: ‘The ability to understand objects as an entire structure, rather than the sum of its visible parts’. Within my work, it means simply that I am showing you just enough of the subject matter, for you to know what it is that I’m painting.

In this case, the head of a Chimpanzee that’s emerging from deep shadow. You already KNOW what the rest of a Chimpanzee looks like. All I’m doing, is allowing your imagination to fill-in the blanks. The ‘Midnight Feast’ in question, is a papaya that I added-in later, to give a tonal contrast to the piece. The stray highlight, glinting off the fruit, only helps the effect.


  • 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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