Modern art can sometimes be a conundrum; does it say something or doesn’t it? With Cradle of Life I don’t think there can be any doubt. A large, powerful and inspiring reminder of the very essence of what makes us the people we are and the things we can see. A snapshot of the building blocks of life in all it’s complex yet majestic form; suspended in an rich primordial soup.
One of the many things I love about this painting is the use of muted tones. For such a celebration of the very essence of life it would have been easy to go for the most uplifting and bright colours I could find, but that would miss the point completely.
This painting is all about beginnings – the point at which things start and grow. Use of muted turquoise and blue has been offset dramatically with raging silver and hallowed greys and blacks; allowing the central figuration to come alive on its own whilst still being drip-fed by the background.
It feels to me like it’s about to explode into something huge – I can feel this cocktail of energy bristling with life and excitement, just waiting to get going. I imagine this single strand of creation multiplying a trillion times in the blink of an eye. Perhaps the real beauty of this painting lies in the fragility of the shapes and how they are held together by the smallest of links, like an expression of strength and weakness existing at the same time.
Cradle of Life is an original piece of modern art; painted in a number of shades of industrial enamel paints and was painted onto a triple-primed 12oz Belgian canvas then hand stretched by me around a kiln-dried, seasoned hardwood frame. He measures 180cm x 130cm x 44mm deep.