Sunday, 30 September 2012

'And the black rain reigned grey'


'And the black rain reigned grey'
conte and chalk on paper
40 x 30 cm
30th September 2012

Saturday, 29 September 2012

'l'abri Sadi-Carnot viii (all the people they could have been)'


'l'abri Sadi-Carnot viii (all the people they could have been)'
conte and chalk on paper
30 x 30 cm
29th September 2012

Friday, 28 September 2012

'l'abri Sadi-Carnot iii (all the people they could have been)'


'l'abri Sadi-Carnot iii (all the people they could have been)'
conte and chalk on paper
30 x 30 cm
28th September 2012

Thursday, 27 September 2012

'Your juggernaut is not yours - and it will not slow'


'Your juggernaut is not yours - and it will not slow'
conte and chalk on paper
40 x 30 cm
27th September 2012

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

'l'abri Sadi-Carnot ix (all the people they could have been)'


'l'abri Sadi-Carnot ix (all the people they could have been)'
conte and chalk on paper
30 x 30 cm
26th September 2012

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

'longpig cured 2'


'longpig cured 2'
pastel on paper
10 x 10 cm
25th September 2012

Monday, 24 September 2012

The party is over

Idle mental ramblings on a subject for my next set of paintings - 'The party is over', perhaps...

The twentieth century will probably be remembered in the not too distant future as one of humanity’s ‘Golden Ages’. A time when, for the affluent west at least, fossil fuels were plentiful and other mineral resources allowed the imagination to realise the most fanciful dreams. Energy, like water, was more or less on tap. Effortless potential for the common person to travel the globe. Plentiful food, available free of seasonal restriction. Social organisation that could provide the most exotic health care, retirement provision, general education, comfortable shelter and even support and care in the event of unexpected circumstances such as unemployment or disability. In 1957 Prime Minister Harold Macmillan reckoned that "most of our people have never had it so good". He was right, but he was unaware of the economic, cultural, social and ecological time bomb only half a century away
Considering the profligacy of that time I doubt that future generations will look on the historical achievements with much sympathy. Our children will be paying for their parents’ reckless waste. The modern world was raised on an Enlightenment conviction that science and man’s capacity for reason could overcome any crisis thrown at it by nature’s inbuilt facility for chaos.
There is now a scientific consensus that our planet is warming. There is also general agreement that this will have an impact on food production and fresh water availability leading to resource driven migration and conflict. The International Energy Agency stated in 2010 that oil production probably met its peak in 2006. The fuel might be running out but the fire is only just starting.
The baby boomer generation have been the most fortunate recipients of this apparent unbounded economic, social and technological golden era. Born of a generation that had lived through two world wars but missing that insecurity themselves, they were the beneficiaries of fulfillable aspirations; they instigated various political, social and economic experiments in an attempt to create the perfect ‘Tomorrow’s World’ of their predecessors’ imagined science fictions.
But nature will not be beaten by hubris. The hard, physical reality of a limited resource of available minerals cannot be washed away with the expectation that technology will continue to fill our current, let alone future, material demands.
The party has been great for those that were invited but I suspect that it’s all over now and we’ll soon be outside with the rest that never made it inside anyway.

Well that should give me somewhere to start from. And at least it's not Dante again.

'l'abri Sadi-Carnot vii (all the people they could have been)'


'l'abri Sadi-Carnot vii (all the people they could have been)'
conte and chalk on paper
30 x 30 cm
24th September 2012

Sunday, 23 September 2012

'twenty four hours in the life of a madman 37'


'twenty four hours in the life of a madman 37'
conte and chalk on paper
20 x 30 cm
23rd September 2012

Saturday, 22 September 2012

'Surfing for Madrid'


'Surfing for Madrid'
conte and chalk on paper
22 x 36 cm
22nd September 2012

Friday, 21 September 2012

'We are so qualified when it comes to the burning of cities' (World Peace Day)


'We are so qualified when it comes to the burning of cities' (World Peace Day)
conte and chalk on paper
30 x 40 cm
21st September 2012

Thursday, 20 September 2012

'I know I believe it - because I want it to be true. It's really her heart on her sleeve, not a tattoo'


'I know I believe it - because I want it to be true. It's really her heart on her sleeve, not a tattoo'
conte and chalk on paper
30 x 40 cm
20th September 2012

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

'twenty four hours in the life of a madman 55'


'twenty four hours in the life of a madman 55'
conte and chalk on paper
20 x 30 cm
19th September 2012

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

'longpig cured'


'longpig cured'
conte and chalk on paper
10 x 10 cm
18th September 2012

Monday, 17 September 2012

'l'abri Sadi-Carnot iv (all the people they could have been)'


'l'abri Sadi-Carnot iv (all the people they could have been)'
conte and chalk on paper
30 x 30 cm
17th September 2012

Sunday, 16 September 2012

'twenty four hours in the life of a madman 54'


'twenty four hours in the life of a madman 54'
conte and chalk on paper
20 x 30 cm
16th September 2012

Saturday, 15 September 2012

'l'abri Sadi-Carnot ii (all the people they could have been)'


'l'abri Sadi-Carnot ii (all the people they could have been)'
conte and chalk on paper
30 x 30 cm
15th September 2012

Friday, 14 September 2012

'there's our Odette and her beautiful neck'


'there's our Odette and her beautiful neck'
conte and chalk on paper
40 x 30 cm
14th September 2012

Thursday, 13 September 2012

'l'abri Sadi-Carnot xiii (all the people they could have been)'


'l'abri Sadi-Carnot xiii (all the people they could have been)'
conte and chalk on paper
30 x 30 cm
13th September 2012

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

'twenty four hours in the life of a madman 45'

'twenty four hours in the life of a madman 45'
conte and chalk on paper
20 x 30 cm
12th September 2012

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

'there's a blacker balance than prophet'


'there's a blacker balance than prophet'
conte and chalk on paper
40 x 30 cm
11th September 2012

Monday, 10 September 2012

'And this is the form - in the void'


'And this is the form - in the void'
conte and chalk on paper
40 x 30 cm
10th September 2012

Sunday, 9 September 2012

'l'abri Sadi-Carnot v (all the people they could have been)'


'l'abri Sadi-Carnot v (all the people they could have been)'
conte and chalk on paper
30 x 30 cm
9th September 2012

Saturday, 8 September 2012

'Elise sees the light at least once a night, and Mother is there with her divine touch to the head'


'Elise sees the light at least once a night, and Mother is there with her divine touch to the head'
conte and chalk on paper
40 x 30 cm
8th September 2012

Friday, 7 September 2012

'One of THOSE things. The ones you admit in but would never admit to...'


'One of THOSE things. The ones you admit in but would never admit to...'
conte and chalk on paper
40 x 30 cm
7th September 2012

Thursday, 6 September 2012

'twenty four hours in the life of a madman 60'


'twenty four hours in the life of a madman 60'
conte and chalk on paper
20 x 30 cm
6th September 2012

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

'l'abri Sadi Carnot i (all the people they could have been)'


'l'abri Sadi Carnot i (all the people they could have been)'
conte and chalk on paper
30 x 30 cm
5th September 2012

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

'Writing your future's history'


'Writing your future's history'
conte and chalk on paper
40 x 30 cm
4th September 2012

Monday, 3 September 2012

'twenty four hours in the life of a madman 61'


'twenty four hours in the life of a madman 61'
conte and chalk on paper
20 x 30 cm
3rd September 2012

Sunday, 2 September 2012

'Pick your subject. Theology, anarchy, particle physics - I.T., E.T., tofu foodstuff mechanics'

'Pick your subject. Theology, anarchy, particle physics - I.T., E.T., tofu foodstuff mechanics'
conte and chalk on paper
40 x 30 cm
2nd September 2012

Saturday, 1 September 2012

'They can die and I will not miss them. Quietly or violently - and I will not miss them'

'They can die and I will not miss them. Quietly or violently - and I will not miss them'
conte and chalk on paper
40 x 30 cm
1st September 2012