Yet across the gulf of space 2020

Oil and Acrylic on canvas 300x100cm

Nasa's Curiosity rover landed on Mars on August 6, 2012. The incredible engineering and technical vision is enabling the search for the next genesis, the theme explored in this painting. Coatlicue, an Aztec statue depicting the mother of the sun, is also the name given to the massive second generation star that went supernova 8.5 billion years ago. This supernova seeded the interstellar medium with the heavy elements that compose our solar system and any life in it. Hanging in the air like the classic space invaders game of the 1980's, are the biomorphs developed by the esteemed evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. Humanity is still taking baby steps in terms of discovering life elsewhere in the universe, and our fragility as a species is echoed in the vulnerability of the infant. The harshness of the Martian environment stands in contrast to the rich diversity of habitats found on Earth. 

Oil and Acrylic on canvas 300x200cm

 In 2017, Alphago, an artificial intelligence algorithm created by Google DeepMind, beat the 18 time World Champion Go player Lee Seedol in a televised challenge match 4-1. The match was seen as a coming of age for AI. 

Oil and Acrylic on canvas 300x190cm

In the 1970's Carl Sargen's famous words were intended to inspire a generation to care for planet earth. Whilst this did not materialise the early Twentieth Century environmental movement is 'looking again'. We must explore what potential new technologies could have in helping solve environmental crisis, whilst simultaneously being cautious of the dangers it may pose. Here I am in conversation with my AI Avatar (after Bina48), whilst Libra from the Kit-Al-Buhan symbolises the need for balance. 

Oil and Arcylic on canvas, 180x 130cm

In 2019 the first photograph of the super-massive blackhole M87 was released. It followed the discovery of the Higgs Boson at CERN in 2012. Here both are composed in relation to the human scale, which is numerically poised midway between the very largest and smallest structures in the universe. This painting explores my genuine fascination that life, to quote Sir Martin Rees, "assumes its greatest complexity on this intermediate scale", and that nothing more complex as a human brain has yet been discovered.

Oil and acyrlic on canvas 160x160cm

The arrival of ESA's Rosetta satellite (so named after the Rosetta stone used to decode Egyptian hieroglyphics) at comet

67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko (67P) in 2014, was the extraordinary culmination of a 20 year mission. The discovery of Glycine in the coma fuelled debates about the origins of complex life in our solar system.

The philosophical writing of the American Pragmatists has been described as the first empirically responsible philosophy, which drew upon the best cognitive science of the age. The philosopher John J. McDermott once described Pragmatism as 'truing the wheel' reflecting our need to periodically reassess our experiences in the flux of life. 

Oil and acyrlic on canvas 270x80cm