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A Fragile Veil

Band of Gold - since you've been gone
Acrylic on canvas, 2020
152 x 1020mm, $4,500
In this painting I am looking at the long life of the 'New Farm Cliffs'. I imagine the breath of the wind flying across the cliffs, time blowing past our beautiful houses, bridges and lives, leaving only the cliffs and river again. All life is exquisite and transitory.
For me it the cliffs are the eternal natural gold within this place. To give the cliffs both emotional solidity and visual translucency, I've used gold leaf, increasing the reflected interplay of light as I glaze/paint over it.
The various developments of this area truly reflects it being a 'band of gold' to us. The wharves and the Story Bridge, seen here in shadow, were constructed 1934-early 1940s to provide employment-generating, relief work during the depression years. Less than ten years ago indigenous and homeless people lived in the caves in the cliff face because it was safe for them. In the last few years the area has been developed and is now home to some of Brisbane's most upmarket bars and restaurants.
Band of Gold (now that you've gone) is part of the Mountains of Gold series, which explores the question of where the 'gold' is in nature. Is the gold within the intrinsic beauty of nature, or is the gold palpable with us profiting by its natural resources. This landmark area of inner city Brisbane continues to be a source of gold for us, but also relaxes the heart of everyone who walks over it, under it and who dreams over it as they cross the Story bridge..

Broken Sleep, Incomplete sleep, patterns broken

Broken Sleep
Acrylic on canvas, 2017
1380 x 1020mm, $5,000
Richard Causer, a contemporary dancer working with Expressions Dance Company, sees sleep as incomplete and broken shapes.


Todd Kilby

Form and Formlessness
Acrylic on Canvas, 2016
1220 x 1530mm, $5,000
In this painting of Todd Kilby, an acrobat working with Circa Contemporary Circus, I am exploring the formlessness of sleep. How we dissipate into the ethereal as we drift off into dreams.
The fact that Todd spent some time in a Buddhist monastery gave me the key into his formless self as a concept.

Courtney Dreaming Through the Orion Nebula

Courtney Dreaming Through the Orion Nebula
Acrylic on canvas, 2016
1220 x 1530mm, $5,000
The sleep of highly active people fascinates me.. This painting of the contemporary dancer, Courtney Scheu, explores her feelings of sleep being like a heavy bottomed cloud. Courtney is an extremely active person, with a sharp mind and is highly inventive in her art. In this painting I'm looking at the spiritual shift that creates art. Each act of creation is a deep emotional and spiritual quickening, so I coupled Courtney with the Orion Nebula due to it's reputation as the 'birthplace of stars', birthplace of ideas, spirit and creative thought.


Stages of Sleep, acrylic on canvas, 1220 x 1530mm, 2018

Stages of Sleep
Acrylic on Canvas, 2018
1220 x 1530mm, $5,000
Emma Hawthorne, a singer/dancer on tour in Australia with the musical, Mama Mia. As with most physical performers, she rolled around quite a lot during her several 'sleep sessions', so I just kept painting her as she moved. For me, this painting shows Emma's sleep unravelling her day's activities and indicates her self-nurturing nature and positive life choices.
Around the time that I was painting this, I started researching the science and structure of sleep, which inspired some thoughts in Emma's painting by the various layers of sleep cycles. Rapid Eye Movement (REM) Sleep is when we dream, but it follows 3 non-rem periods (N1, N2 and N3) each with different EEG patterns and healing properties. We have several sleep cycles throughout the night lasting about 45 minutes each and in between each cycle we often wake for a few seconds, although we forget it by the morning. I tried to depict the feeling of her moving between the cycles and even breaching the surface of sleep during one of these moments of waking.


Company in bed makes us happy

The healing powers of sleeping with your cat
Acrylic on Canvas, 2018
1010 x 1500mm, $5,000

When Elyse had a sleep for this painting our cat curled up with her, so I asked for photos of Elyse's cat and painted her in so it wouldn't be an adulterous scene. However, I believe that meditating and sleeping with animals has quite calming and healing properties. (unless they take over the whole bed, or wake you super early for food!!)


Hearts in repair

Broken and mended heart
Acrylic on Canvas, 2018
500 x 360mm, $840

A heart in repair.
We get stronger and wiser with each tear in our heart, as we repair it, sewing it back together again.
Growth.


Hearts in repair

Shadow heart
Acrylic on Canvas, 2018
500 x 360mm, $840

A heart in repair.
We get stronger and wiser with each tear in our heart, as we repair it, sewing it back together again.
Growth.


 

Sleeper by Billy Shannon

Sleeper
Acrylic on Canvas, 2021
970 x 970mm, $3,000

The sleeper series has been going for nearly 6 years now, involving dancers, acrobats, actors and visual artists.
Sleeping figures, wrapped around a dream. The subjects of these paintings seem caught between the very skeins of the paint; wrapped within the gauzy sheets of the image's layers.
If they are, in part, portraits, they are also evocations of states-of-being. Captured in repose, they dream in the shadowy spaces of half-realms, suspended between the between the here and the not-here.
The dreaming subjects in these paintings have entered this state of being willingly. In delivering themselves into the hands of the artist's other-role as a masseur, they allow themselves to be lulled into sleep - suspended into a kind of temporary trance, they become the willing subjects of the artist's other-role as a painter.

The Glance of Brahma

Glance of Brahma
Acrylic on Canvas, 2016
1700 x 2400mm, $10,000

All our lives, histories and dreams are but a moment in the passing glance of Brahma.
When looking at both the size and lifespan of the planetary nebula known variously as the Helix, Eye of God or NGC 7293 it is easy to imagine the minute scale that we occupy in the universe. If Brahma creates by looking, how many galaxies are formed in a glance, or in a breath?
Redon's Cyclops came up when painting this work, the almost startled innocence of Polyphemus as he stumbles across the naiad, Galatea, counterpointed with Redon's forebodings of war and loss. Dreams and associations, we see forms in earthbound clouds, the dust of the universe, smoke and our perspective of the visible stars.


Mountains of Gold - Quamby Bluff Tasmania by Billy Shannon

Mountains of Gold - Quamby Bluff, Tasmania
Acrylic on canvas, 122 x 76cm, 2019
The first of the 'Mountains of Gold' series, Quamby Bluff in Jackey's Marsh, Tasmania

I lived in Tasmania on and off for about 10 years, late last century. I had just finished working with the Victoria State Opera and stopped in to Tasmania to do a Vipassana meditation course and stay in the country for a month or so... A lot of those years were spent in Jackey's Marsh, an 800m mountain valley cradled between Quamby Bluff and the Western Tiers.

Healing Hands

Self Healing
Acrylic on canvas, 2019
1010 x 1010mm, $3600
How sleep heals us, emotionally and physically
Sometimes both my work as an artist and a massage therapist come together to help the people I work with. Jodie was violently sexually assaulted and traumatised several years ago, and as part of her healing, she decided to come to me for ongoing massage work. I am the only male that Jodie will allow to touch her, and as she saw my other paintings develop, the relationships I have to the other Sleepers, Jodie asked if I'd paint her as a continuance of her healing process and a further opening of her trust. It was a beautiful and mutually beneficial process and I love the resulting painting. As Jodie rolls around in her sleep, her hands are constantly hugging, protecting/healing and reassuring herself in her sleep.

In the painting, Jodie is dreaming in the section of the Milky Way that was directly above her when she was born. For me it is akin to going back to her original pattern, the moment of birth and the flight of dreams, her self-healing hands appear and disappear as you walk around the canvas, her pattern changes and she seems to breathe. Four and a half years into the sleep series, and I feel that this painting is finding new sensory connections between deep human emotion and nebulous celestial form(lessness). I am so happy that Jodie wanted to work with me and even more so that both of my arts could be of such a benefit to her.


Shannon Berry Bam

Dark Matter
Acrylic on canvas, 2017
1020 x 1530mm, $5,000
Shannon Berry Bam is a circus performer involved with Vulcana Women's Circus in Brisbane and we have worked on several paintings together. Like almost all of the physical performers, her sleep is both restorative and highly active and almost every time I'd look back from my canvas to her, she would be in a slightly different position. I love all of that and just keep painting them in their various new places and wait for them to cycle around again to approximate positions to continue my work.


Creative Fire - Asher Bowen-Saunders

Creative Fire - Asher Bowen-Saunders
Acrylic on Canvas, 2018
970 x 970mm, $3,000

Sleep informs many creative artists, Asher is an acrobat and contemporary dancer based in Brisbane. In her painting, I am looking at the creative inspiration that sometimes comes to us in dreams as well as Asher's specific creative fire.


FZX750

Genesis
Acrylic on canvas, 2010
1220 x 1530mm, $5,000
A painting based on the breathing and the alchemical nature of air, fuel and fire of my motorcycle, a 1987, Yamaha FZX750
The FZX 750 is a concept bike based on the V-Max and is pretty rare, I think that there are only about 40 of them in Australia.. Needless to say, I love it, love the sound and feel of it's acceleration.. The Genesis engine was developed for it and the FZ 750 and went on to be used in the YZF-R1


Whale Dreaming

Whale Dreaming
Acrylic on canvas, 2018
1220 x 1020mm, $3,500
Chloe de Buyl-Pisco, listening to whales, dreaming of communicating with them.

Creative Fire - Asher Bowen-Saunders

Shrouded heart
Acrylic on Canvas, 2014
1530 x 1220mm, $5,000

Based on the painted drapes on the side walls of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, this painting looks at the clouding of the light of our hearts and the process of clearing it. It is part of a many year series of heart paintings, exploring hearts as a common symbol and as a vehicle for our life's journey