Neil Gaiman and the Good Icons

THE BOG OAK PORTRAIT

I had done lots of paintings of Neil and I really thought my work of him was done, but then one night when I should have been sleeping I was consumed by an idea that seemed entirely adamant it needed to be manifested. I remembered a piece of prehistoric bog oak I had seen carved into almost the shape of a book, by sculptor Adrian Swinstead. Neil’s head needed to be transmuted into this black wood from the dark depths of a peat bog, where it had laid dormant and forgotten for millennia. I just had to convince the sculptor to let me daub on one of his beautiful creations.

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 Thankfully, when I called him the next morning, very excitedly gibbering nonsensically at him, he invited me to visit his workshop in the woods and, as you can see, was most amenable in facilitating this piece, which opened up a whole new world to me. In order for the portrait to look as though is   within     the wood, and not   on     the wood, I experimented with a technique which captures layers of oil pigment within layers of sun bleached beeswax.

Thankfully, when I called him the next morning, very excitedly gibbering nonsensically at him, he invited me to visit his workshop in the woods and, as you can see, was most amenable in facilitating this piece, which opened up a whole new world to me. In order for the portrait to look as though is within the wood, and not on the wood, I experimented with a technique which captures layers of oil pigment within layers of sun bleached beeswax.

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  The Bog Oak portrait and Big Neil were displayed at Philip Mould Gallery, 18 - 19 Pall Mall, in an exhibit called NEIL GAIMAN : GOOD ICON, 4th - 18th June 2019.

The Bog Oak portrait and Big Neil were displayed at Philip Mould Gallery, 18 - 19 Pall Mall, in an exhibit called NEIL GAIMAN : GOOD ICON, 4th - 18th June 2019.

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