Archetypes 5: It’s A Hard Rain Gonna Fall (2019, tempura on canvas)

This brooding addition to the Archetypes series departs from the light-filled watercolour technique of earlier painting, employing layers of intensely coloured tempura on canvas to convey an apocalyptic atmosphere that draws from end of the world scenarios as diverse as Bob Dylan’s metaphor-strewn landscapes and today’s Extinction Rebellion youth climate change protests as well as religious and cult movements of the past. The resulting thickly layered ‘landscape of the soul’ conveys the always-imminent ‘immanence of the eschaton’ so richly implicit in our heritage even in this post-Christian era.

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