The bare foot prophet lives in the wilds, against the mainstream. Proto hippies such as Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach and Gustav Nagel lived by their own codes, intentionally positioning themselves against convention. Embracing nature;rejecting the institutional; reinterpreting the commonplace, the bare foot prophet finds truth in nature and formulateshis own mythologies.
In this exhibition Dominic Shepherd responds to the progress of our times, channelled via his own idiosyncraticcircumstances. Edging towards the end of an idyll, where development has come to interrupt a fifteen year reverie,the artist states: ‘this new body of work has been made to the sound of chainsaws and burning of trees that glow in thenight’. Shepherd’s paintings during this period have become a personal record of an attempt to live apart from everyday contemporary society, where the woods have provided a canopy wherein have lain dream, imagination,fantasy and contemplation.
Shepherd’s method is to fuse life and work, refracting information from the ages with prismatic effect. Folkloric andcult cyphers are blended with the personal as Shepherd freezes time, casting his masquerading subjects in afictionalized place that might just be real. There is a slippage of time and place where it becomes impossible tounravel reality from illusion. Shepherd’s paintings combine to elucidate a personal mythology populated by his veryown deities, heroes, ancestors, and progeny. Please contact the gallery for images and further information.