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 Cotton on Panel
Oil and Acrylic on Board