After a long time dormant, I decided to return to this painting, to work on it to completion. I have some studies for the foreground figures, an idea of where I would like it to go next.

However, I showed it to an artist friend of mine and they said they liked it as it is. They consider it complete, in fact.

It has made me look at it again; I am somewhat beguiled by their perspective…



Acrylic still life of femur, iPhone, jar of plastic flowers.

Work in progress.

A still life of a femur, an iPhone and plastic flowers in a jar of water. Work in progress.

I like bones as organic objects and symbols of mortality, and I like also the contemplation of man’s place in the scheme of things, which he decorates with all manner of fanciful conceits. The supposed dominance of nature, while still at mercy of her whims. The plastic flowers are perhaps a symbol of this.

In Kubrick’s Space Odyssey he illustrates the key-point evolution of man from ape through the use of a bone as a murderous tool: Thrown into the air it transforms into a space ship, another great evolutionary leap.  These leaps are marked by enigmatic slabs – markers or beacons, it is never explicitly explained – they appear to be the work of an overseeing alien intelligence. In this still life the iPhone and bone allude to this.