The Penguin Book of English Short Stories

                                                                                                                                                             120x120cm

 This painting is very specifically about what forms the canon of English 'stories', who chooses them and what this means. the central textual 'Editorial Foreword' is of startling banality and the explosion of colours that emanate from it show that such banality is inadequate. The foreword ignores issues of race, colonialism, sexism, and class, all of which haunt the stories themselves. It casually dismisses the only two women authors who were selected. This collection of short stories was being taught as exemplary of literature without social criticism at leaidng universities well into the 20th Century. I wanted to turn it into an explosion.

This painting is very specifically about what forms the canon of English 'stories', who chooses them and what this means. the central textual 'Editorial Foreword' is of startling banality and the explosion of colours that emanate from it show that such banality is inadequate. The foreword ignores issues of race, colonialism, sexism, and class, all of which haunt the stories themselves. It casually dismisses the only two women authors who were selected. This collection of short stories was being taught as exemplary of literature without social criticism at leaidng universities well into the 20th Century. I wanted to turn it into an explosion.

  The Penguin Book of English Short Stories , detail

The Penguin Book of English Short Stories, detail

  The Penguin Book of English Short Stories , detail

The Penguin Book of English Short Stories, detail

  The Penguin Book of English Short Stories , detail (in progress)

The Penguin Book of English Short Stories, detail (in progress)

Russian Magic Tales

                                                                                                                                                             140x120cm

 This collection of magical, sometimes disturbing tales often under the influence of Baba Yaga, shows a diversity of depth of colour all of it intensely symbolic. There is a lot of vying for gold in fairy tales. And the malachite mines of the Urals and the 'Mistress of the Copper Mountain' who protects or haunts them also provides a source for the vivid greens and metallic colours in this painting.

This collection of magical, sometimes disturbing tales often under the influence of Baba Yaga, shows a diversity of depth of colour all of it intensely symbolic. There is a lot of vying for gold in fairy tales. And the malachite mines of the Urals and the 'Mistress of the Copper Mountain' who protects or haunts them also provides a source for the vivid greens and metallic colours in this painting.

In Paris (Ivan Bunin)

                                                                                                                                                               20x20cm

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The Gentleman from San Francisco (Ivan Bunin)

20x20cm

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