By happy coincidence - serendipity! - (I will get tired of this, but not before you) the exhibition is on for 23 days and since there are 23 paintings, for the sheer hell of it I will be posting about a painting every day throughout . . .
Soft Love. Acrylic, mixed-media on drawing board 47x65cm.
Also available as an A2 limited edition print.
The title of this painting comes from a photo of graffiti in Amsterdam and is mostly hidden beneath subsequent layers -Mou D'Amour (Soft Love) can be seen running from the top right through AMOUR into the little girl's head and right down the front of putrid-green strait-jacketless axe-wielding super-sharp hagsploiter Joan Crawford, who seems to be materialising like toxic ectoplasm from the febrile brain of Roky Erickson. There's a bit of gris-gris going on with the juju mad fairy's eyeless gazing over the tattooed girl who in turn gazes at you, resilience in her look even as the tears fall down her cheeks onto her fat, masked cat. Cakes for fairies, fairy cakes are the epitome of soft love but the Valencia stoned bat is having none of that sickly sweet gluttony, like Joanie, he's after blood and while she'd like to chop you up into tiddly little bits, he's quite happy showing his love by tearing into your heart . . .