’Murmurs from the Wide River’ the exhibition’s title, refers to quiet calling sounds that may not at first be heard but become incessant over a prolonged duration, forcing us to address and acknowledge them. They signify the idea or call of the inner life of humanity that runs like a vein of gold through all of us and links us as human beings throughout time immemorial.
Murmurs in this context also refers to the stream of connections in consciousness that confront the contemporary artist working today. The instantaneous torrent of images and ideas we can access through today’s media is truly astounding, opening up the voices of the past at the touch of a screen. Thus enabling fast integration of historical and current issues, as well as giving us access to visual images of great paintings and artefacts from all over the world. The crucial drawback to this kind of exposure is not being able to spend time in the presence of these works of beauty, resulting in the loss of the lived experience when looking at paintings.
The subjects of the paintings in this exhibition are drawn from a wide range of sources, from the most obvious classical themes and histories in painting, to the subtleties of scientific, anthropological, philosophical and mystical thought. Through the magical process of painting the streams of research, experience and energy of the painter are interwoven to achieve each painting and to express a distinct voice in the flow of the wide river.