Monday, 27 March 2017

Dolphin (March)

[Duotone] In the years before he started drinking as a method of living, the artist made paintings. He found b&w photographs, templated copies, maximised them on large balsa boards. Memorable was his ‘kangaroo amidst saplings’ series, also his dolphin series. In the March after university he set to on duotones. A Victorian lithograph of a man bottle-feeding a dolphin obsessed him. The artist conjectured about alcohol. It was no ordinary seaside scene. Where are these paintings now? Gone to a skip? Bonfire? Storage? Before he went to Byron Bay, to set up the drinks at opening time, already too late.

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