I often ask my God for forgiveness for my acts of artistic vandalism. Inspired by a painting of the great Australian Realist Jeffrey Smart, 'Corrugated Giaconda', I began with a copy of an ad from the Yellow Pages telephone directory that featured a vandalized Giaconda/Mona Lisa – that is her covered in tattoos (moko) in the foreground. The imagination then went wild and I sought to detect the nanosecond that I rounded a corner in the Arizona desert and saw this gallery evolving instantaneously. The swirl lends itself to this.
I had painted a big canvas sometime earlier called 'The irenicon'; it is a painting that sums up many of my influences. The gallery slowly began to evolve from the aether and the swirls of infinitely small moments became the four paintings seen in the gallery – a Rajasthani scene, a photograph turned Industrial Minimalist, La Giaconda and 'The irenicon'.
Acrylic, oil, gouache, gold spray paint and blood on canvas board, 2007
Original: [Ed: To be gifted to the person responsible for SmugMug's multiple captioning system. Pure, explosive, editing genius.]