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23_-Peg-Ceremony  I was invited to be guest artist at the 2019 Waikuku Art Institute show. Its theme was ' What Inspires You' and 'surrealism' featured in my response - which enabled me to reincarnate my painting of the breaching clothes peg and the encouragement for all those sympathetic to endangered species ( whales and 70yr old artists) to wear a yellow peg on their lapel, at least for the night. Got a great response. Shown here, a sample of peg wearers including the purchaser of the painting and the mayor of the district.

Wai Guest Artist Statement

Hey, don't get me wrong - I CAN be subtle… but creating an image inspired by the drama of mythological and biblical allegory is a lot of fun!

My Pegasus painting is a product of that strain of inspiration. I was delighted to read that, with a blow of its hoof, the Pegasus can produce a font of water and wisdom … a trick that many in the bay bearing its name would encourage.

Another source of inspiration, possibly my original one, is the dreamscapes of the Surrealists. In these stage-like settings disparate elements interact in often telling ways.

The Pegasus

The Pegasus

...Bringing forth a font of 
water and wisdom - a trick much needed 
in the bay bearing its name.
Year2019
Canterbury Dreamscape

Canterbury Dreamscape

' What inspires you?' was the theme of the WAI art show that I was guest artist for
and painted this work for.

The surrealists' dreamscapes captivated me when I was a kid.
Year2019
Man of the land

Man of the land

Year2019
Kaikoura Kraken

Kaikoura Kraken

On my studio windowsill a little brass whale
and a random peg grew, over a few years, to
resemble each other - so I played with that.
Good people have crashed and burned
trying to find a subliminal message!

acrylic on canvas
Year2018