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About the work

The Ship of Fools was a metaphor created by Plato to represent the idea of bad government. Each deck hand represents a member of a government (the ship represents the State) in which each thinks he knows how best to govern the country, but there is no leadership - just a babel of conflicting voices. And so the ship (i.e., the State) lurches this way and that, lacking any coherent leadership or consensus. To me this metaphor also holds true for the dilemmas, internal thoughts, feelings and conflicts that spring up within an individual. Such conflicts can at best result in inaction - and at worst, paralysis - within the life of a person. Here the ship has been washed up upon the beach after a storm (see the torn, wet sails) and many of the crew thrown clear - winded and almost drowned. For me the ship represents the self, grounded but shaken free of its troublesome crew.

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PublisherMichael Hayter
FramedNot included
Certificate of authenticityIncluded
Condition/detailsExcellent
SignatureIncluded

About the artist

I'm primarily a figurative painter of the human condition, taken from the perspective of personal experience. Although I originally trained to be a veterinarian, I have always drawn and painted and now balance my life between these two disciplines. My work really started when, having suffered for many years with depression , I began to create from this dark space and found a rich seam of both imagery and meaning there – with all the moral and existential difficulties it presents. My childhood is a powerful influence and a rich source of material. This has led to a flowering of creativity that touches on the profound, and often religious or spiritual experiences of being human. I went to art school in London in the '90s and now have a studio at Spike Island Artspace, a world-renowned centre for contemporary art, situated in Bristol, UK Having worked in a variety of media, I'm now predominantly focuses on painting and drawing but also recently branched out into sculpture and animation. I have exhibited in London, Bristol, Bath, Cambridge, Nottingham, Bordeaux, France (2015) and Maastricht, Netherlands (2016). I have collaborated with French artist Olivier Specio on the project At Last We Fly (2015). My work is features in private collections in the UK, France, Belgium, Holland and the US.

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