Recent Work

FALLING ANGEL THROWS A SHOE

52.5cms x 39cms
mixed media assemblage on wood

A stunning example of successful objets trouvés. Found in a disused army barracks, the studded sole of this shoe has been enhanced and set in a miniature cosmos with other found objects orbiting about it. One can imagine the sparks that once flew from these studs on parade ground drills but here it has been totally reinvented with a brilliant leap of imagination.

 Lord Glentoran

£20,000

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MADONNA AND CHILD

56cms x 66cms
acrylics, cement and collage on canvas

The reworking of a car park icon from an E.Leclerc supermarket in the south of France yields a modern version of this classic subject with surprising emotional depth. Also featured is a section from an E.Leclerc freezer bag, signed and dated by a check-out operator as proof of purchase, echoing signed limited fine art editions.

Lord Glentoran

£20,000

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TATTIE-BOGLE

61cms x 51cms
acrylics on canvas

In dusty potato skin and sack tones this portrayal of a Scottish scarecrow, after a story by Paul Yates, deftly depicts the mystery and solitude of such figures as they stand guard over crops in all kinds of weather. The device of a broken tractor number plate, one half upside down, distinguishes the figure and is a reference to a passage from the bible, Hebrews 132, advising that strangers should be treated with kindness as one may be entertaining angels unawares.

  Lord Glentoran

£17,000

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FIREWORKS

120cms x 180cms
painted assemblage on canvas

Inspired by a poem written by Yates’s daughter, Kelly, when she was nine years old. This challenging portrayal of the legendary Titanic ocean liner reveals the vulnerability of any craft, however large or well-engineered, on the open sea. The positioning of a small scaled model, inconspicuously, in the bottom right-hand corner of this large heavily painted canvas depicts the Titanic as little more than a bath time toy on the huge swell and vastness of the ocean and the night. The Titanic fired distress flares before sinking but distant ships mistook them for a fireworks display. Yates portrays the ephemeral nature of these flares with individually coloured dandelion aigrettes.

  Lord Glentoran

£36,000

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A DRESSING ROOM MIRROR FOR HELENE VANEL

76.5cms X 61.5cms
painted collage/assemblage on canvas

Imagined for Helene Vanel, a surrealist dancer who set up her theatre in Saint-Paul de Vence in 1928. A misty portrait of Vanel as a ghostly vision flanked by items tucked into the frame or stuck onto the mirror; Valentine postcards from the period, semaphore cards spelling VANEL and playing cards showing bullet holes and fixed with a vintage ten thousand Franc Monte Carlo casino chip. A reservation card for a romantic dinner at Le Tilleul in Saint-Paul bearing a lipstick kiss, the iconic emblem of Maison Godet revealed by pencil cross-hatching.

  Lord Glentoran

£20,000

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A FOOL PROOF SYSTEM FOR WINNING AT ROULETTE

76.5cms x 62cms
painted collage/assemblage

Rings from the bases of champagne, spirit, wine and cocktail glasses in various colours of acrylic paint are juxtaposed with a wide variety of objects some of which may be lucky charms, vintage Monte Carlo casino chips, crude measuring and counting devices forlornly fielded to impose pattern on blind chance.

  Lord Glentoran

£20,000

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WHOSE MOVE? I

25.5cms X 30.5cms
painted assemblage

An over a century old book cover, ruled and dressed for a solo player board game with tin, bone and ivory counters. An enigmatic moment from a game we can never know the rules for or whose turn it is to play.

  Lord Glentoran

£9,000

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WHOSE MOVE? II

30.5cms X 40.5cms
painted assemblage

An over a century old book cover, ruled and dressed for a solo player board game with ancient Roman coins. An enigmatic moment from a game we can never know the rules for or whose turn it is to play.

  Lord Glentoran

£9,000

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WHOSE MOVE? III

30.5cms X 40.5cms
painted assemblage

An over a century old book cover, ruled and dressed for a solo player board game with German 1930’s coin tokens, draughts pieces and a single blue button. An enigmatic moment from a game we can never know the rules for or whose turn it is to play.

  Lord Glentoran

£9,000

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A MAGIC SEXTANT

58.5cms x 39cms
painted assemblage

Looking like they were made for each other; A coat hanger, tin opener, horse chestnut, random wood and clock hand, combine to create a navigational instrument for charting journeys of the imagination. Written on a fragment of a wooden cable drum are the latitude and longitude coordinates for Saint-Paul de Vence.

  Lord Glentoran

£20,000

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PAL JOEY

diptych, each portrait 61 cms x 51cms
acrylics on canvas

Based on photo-booth photo-strip portraits of a ventriloquist doll belonging to a busker in Cannes. One portrait showing Pal Joey calm and collected, one showing him startled by the photo-booth flash.

  Lord Glentoran

£30,000

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TOY ROBOT CASTS A YO-YO INTO INFINITY

30.5cms x 70cms
acrylics on canvas

The words KLAATU, BARADA, NIKTO echo Yates’s triptych, THE CHILDREN OF GORT. Constructed from just an arm and head this toy robot is depicted with a real sense of individual character. The string on the yo-yo beginning to tie itself into a knot seems a comment on seeking to understand abstract mathematics.

  Lord Glentoran

£15,000

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