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We are not the Last

We are not the Last

About this work

I am horrified by what I see and hear on the news  but mostly I feel stunned and helpless like the folks standiing around the sides of this scene looking at the devastation. I am not proud of myself.

Unreal City

Unreal City

About this work

This painting appeared all by itself. I find it quite mysterious and satisfying when that happens. 

City of Culture

City of Culture

Diving into Hampstead          77 cm x 57 cm

Diving into Hampstead 77 cm x 57 cm

About this work

77cm x 50 cm

This piece is the culmination of sketches made looking out over London from Hampstead and enjoying swimming outdoors in the ponds.

Behind the BBC    55 cm x 48 cm

Behind the BBC 55 cm x 48 cm

About this work

People in London are often create a bubble around themselves, ignoring or unaware of the drama going on around them - the homeless, someone at a window, a woman floating up out of a window, or wild horses galloping over the rooftops.

Slovene Ghosts   56 cm x 47 cm

Slovene Ghosts 56 cm x 47 cm

About this work

This piece was developed from sketches done inthe Julian Alps in Slovenia. Although the woods and mountains look idyllic, I  was very aware of the soldiers, partisans hunters and villagers who have lived and died in these woods during numerous wars. 

Slovene Fairy Tale    56 cm x 47 cm

Slovene Fairy Tale 56 cm x 47 cm

About this work

One day I got lost in the woods in the Slovenian Alps. No mobile network. One mountain looks much like another. I came to a clearing where an old man was chopping wood by a wooden house. I imagined an old woman inside stoking the oven. I was in another world. Full of apprehension I asked the way home. He spoke English!

Through a Glass Darkly   53 cm x 42 cm

Through a Glass Darkly 53 cm x 42 cm

About this work

This is entirely Collage. I aim to have a clear still life image, but encourage the viewer to look more closely and imagine other connotations from the context.

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face

1 Corinthians 13:12

Faces of India   60 cm x 49 cm

Faces of India 60 cm x 49 cm

About this work

I found India full of contrasts and conflicts. Vivid sunshine and colours against mounds of rubbish. Home of peace and meditation contrasted with intolerance of homosexuality. And so on.

Indian Cyclist    69 cm x 56 cm

Indian Cyclist 69 cm x 56 cm

About this work

I spent a few weeks in Goa, India. The combination of decaying buildings, bright fabrics and busy streets inspired this piece. I was aware of the stark contrast between layers of colonial history and the busyness and chaos of a modern Indian street.

Edinburgh Ancient and Modern  56 cm x 47 cm

Edinburgh Ancient and Modern 56 cm x 47 cm

About this work

I visited Edinburgh and was startled by the view of a large volcanic hill (Arthur's Seat) right in the middle of the city. The contrast of a building site against the backdrop of a green hill was surprising.

Reflections   41 cm x 34 cm

Reflections 41 cm x 34 cm

About this work

Mixture of Gouache, ink, paper.

Images reflected in a shop window.

Bridge on Regent's Canal, London

Bridge on Regent's Canal, London

About this work

I was drawn to the contrast betweeen the strength of the abstract shapes and the softness of the reflections in the water.

Flooding

Flooding

About this work

This is a mixture of crayon marks and collage of images taken from newspapers at the start of 2013.

It was a response to the during the exceedingly wet weather, when many cities and the countryside were flooded. One response from a householder was headlined in the paper :

'You just get dry, get sorted and start again'.

Sound advice. Though I am not always so philosophical in the face of catastrophe

 

Black Dogs

Black Dogs

About this work

this is a monoprint

Black Dogs


They are out there, hungry,

Roaming the streets for scraps,

Scouring the countryside.

One will round on you at a corner,

Eyeing you with a vacant stare,

Pounce, or saunter on by,

Or sashay up, nose in your pocket,

Sniffing for treats.

 

 Cary Whitworth

Welcome to my World

Welcome to my World

About this work

This was made using pen, ink, watercolour and collage.

This mixed media work developed from drawing and painting my living room and using collage on top. Vibrant and explosive on the one hand, a rocking chair on the other.