2009 - 2018
In a new body of work entitled ‘NeverNeverWorld’, curious and whimsically created landscapes sourced from Disneyland Tokyo are imbued with a deliberate sense of the ‘Grand Style’. Promoted by the Royal Academy the grand style was considered the most elevated form of art, dealing with moral themes in the universalising language of classical idealism.
Landscapes depicted are found in Disneyland’s Critter Country. They are seemingly vacuous themed structures, albeit, created to provide a different and novel experience that transports the public into another world; ‘NeverNeverWorld’. Themes provide a veneer of meaning and symbolism. And infusing structures with meaning are deemed to be made more attractive and interesting than they otherwise would be. Disney creates a falsifying veneer of historical meaning and purpose that does not in reality exist.
Paintings explore ideas of Disneyfication and Disneyization to communicate and convey the wider political debates and criticisms surrounding Disney’s autonomous (NeverNever)World.
Oil and Acrylic on Board 50x60cm 2009
Oil and Acrylic on Silk on Panel 180x120cm 2015
Oil on Polyester 180x150cm 2009
'When they laugh at Mickey it's because he is so human.' Oil and Acrylic on Cotton on Panel 150x120cm 2015
Oil on Board 20x15cm 2009
'I don't want the public to see the world that they live in while they are in the park.' Oil and Acrylic on Board 20x30cm 2010
'When people laugh at Mickey Mouse it's because he's so human...' oil on Cotton 90x55cm 2009
Oil on linen 150x180cm 2010
Oil and Acrylic on Cotton on Panel 30x40cm 2015
Oil on Cotton on Board 180x120cm 2012