Originals under £500 can now be purchased directly from this page. For larger work, please see note on the main shop page.
Each of my Originals is a one-off, designed and made by myself. Only originals can display dimensionality, iridescence or shimmer, cut or folded paper, shadows, and other effects that don’t translate in print or on screen. Each comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. Payment in installments can be arranged upon request.
A most intimate art format, my artist books are made to be held and enjoyed. The base is giclée printing on etching paper, which I finish and fold by hand.
Water-based ink on Tiziano paper 160 gsm, 44x44cm. Signed and numbered out of 33.
Conference of the Birds
The “Conference of the Birds” is a 12th-century Sufi poem by Attar of Nishapur, that is a timeless parabol of the mystical quest for the Truth. It features the hoopoe, a spiritual guide figure, leading the birds on a perilous search for their King, the mythical Simorgh. Each bird in turn makes an excuse for not setting out, until at last they are all ready to take part.
I have a deep love of birds, and painted this series out of a desire to create some illumination-inspired work, with traditional pigments and materials, and gold accents. Each bird is perched on a rendition of its Arabic name in the “Eastern Kufic” style, which originates in Persia just like the poem. The text accompanying each bird is my own, trying to distil the essence of that particular passage in a form short enough to fit inside the halo.