Last night I started this new small study in oil on paper. The idea is that I often see a tree and it reminds me of the human form or a face or just a section of a figure. It's not a new idea in the history of art or the way people see. But it is a springboard to invent a new composition for me. I have often returned to this kind of imagery many times over the years and I find it satisfying in terms of playing with a subject and inferring another at the same time. It may be a reference to Rene Margritte's painting "This is not a pipe". In that painting he tells us that the pipe is not a pipe, so we are left to imagine something more about it. Is it a portrait of a man ? And so on....
In my case, it's a tree and I have done the dreaming of staring at it and imagining it as something else for the viewer. It's like being in front of a magnificent tree and seeing a beautiful leg or face. Then I show you what I saw and tell you what it is. The process is a creation and it hasn't really happened. I haven't left the studio to prove it by taking a photograph. I just remember that it's something that has happened whilst seeing a tree. The rest is a surreal exaggeration to paint it and reference the concept. As I said its not a new idea, but I love it's simplicity.
In this painting study I have two heads on the ends and a figure in the middle. They are trees that look like something else....
Artist living and working in Melbourne, Australia. Paintings, works on paper. Mostly creates monotypes and monoprints