READING IN BED 2010 oil on canvas 122 X 122 cm Image links to my website.

Friday, August 22, 2014

New Work August 2014







SEARCHING FOR THE BULL     2013     oil on canvas     152.5 X 244 cm


DISCOVERING THE FOOTPRINTS     2013     oil on canvas     152.5 X 244 cm



PERCEIVING THE BULL     2014     oil on canvas     152.5 X 244 cm





 CATCHING THE BULL     2014     oil on canvas     152.5 X 244 cm



TAMING THE BULL      2014     oil on canvas     152.5 X 244 cm



   

THE BULL FORGOTTEN   2014     oil on canvas     152.5 X 244 cm


             

 REACHING THE SOURCE   unfinished August 22, 2014    
 oil on canvas     152.5 X 244 cm



The Ten Bulls series will be shown at 
Pasinger Fabrik Kultur- und Bürgerzentrum, Munich 
April - June 2015




We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil  a investi 157 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.



Tuesday, June 10, 2014


New Work June 2014


The Ten Bulls series will be shown at 
Pasinger Fabrik Kultur- und Bürgerzentrum, Munich 
April - June 2015


We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil  a investi 157 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.


















Ten Bulls by Kakuan, transcribed by Nyogen Senzaki and Paul Reps, 
illustrated by Tomikichiro Toruriki
Anchor Books, 1961

No. 3   Perceiving the Bull

I hear the song of the nightingale.
The sun is warm, the wind is mild, willows are green along the shore.
Here no bull can hide!
What artist can draw that massive head, those majestic horns?

Wahrnehmen den Stier

Ich höre das Lied der Nachtigall.
Die Sonne ist warm, der Wind ist mild,Weiden sind grün am Ufer entlang.
Hier kann kein Stier verstecken!
Welche Künstler kann diese massiven Kopf, diese majestätischen Hörner ziehen?



 the seed image, from 'Bonanza: Killer Lion', Whitman Publishing, 1966
illustration by Jason Studios







Perceiving the Bull    June 10 2014     oil on canvas     152.5 X 244 cm 



Tuesday, April 1, 2014

New Work April 2014


ON YOUKALI  No.2      2014     oil on canvas     122 X 76 cm



SAILING TO YOUKALI  No.1      2014     oil on canvas      122 X 76 cm



SAILING TO YOUKALI  No.2      2014     oil on canvas      122 X 76 cm



SAILING TO YOUKALI  No.3      2014     oil on canvas      122 X 76 cm



YOUKALI  RO-RO      2014     oil on canvas      76 X 122 cm


link to song:



C'est presque au bout du monde (It was almost to the end of the world)
Ma barque vagabonde (That my wandering boat)
Errant au gré de l'onde (Straying at the will of the waves)
M'y conduisit un jour (Led me one day)
L'ile est toute petite (The isle is very small)
Mais la fée que l'habite (But the fairy that lives there)
Gentiment nous invite (Kindly invites us)
A en faire le tour (To take a look around)

Youkali
C'est le pays de nos désirs (Is the land of our desires)
Youkali
C'est le bonheur, c'est le plaisir (Is happiness, pleasure)
Youkali
C'est la terre où l'on quitte tous les soucis (Is the land where we forget all our worries)
C'est, dans notre nuit, comme une éclaircie (It is in our night, like a bright rift)
L'étoile qu'on suit (The star we follow)
C'est Youkali (It is Youkali)

Youkali
C'est le respect de tous les voeux échangés (Is the respect of all vows exchanged)
Youkali
C'est le pays des beaux amours partagés (Is the land of love returned)
C'est l'esperance (It is the hope)
Qui est au coeur de tous les humains (That is in every human heart)
La delivrance (The deliverance)
Que nous attendons tous pour demain (We await for tomorrow)

Youkali
C'est le pays de nos désirs (Is the land of our desires)
Youkali
C'est le bonheur, c'est le plaisir (Is happiness, pleasure)
Mais c'est un réve, une folie (But it is a dream, a folly)
Il n'y a pas de Youkali (There is no Youkali)

Et la vie nous entraine (And life carries us along)
Lassante, quotidienne (Tediously, day by day)
Mais la pauvre ame humaine (But the poor human soul)
Cherchant partout l'oubli (Seeking forgetfulness everywhere)
A, pour quitter la terre (Has, in order to escape the world)
Se trouver le mystère (Managed to find the mystery)
Où nos reves se terrent (In which our dreams burrow themselves)
En quelque Youkali (In some Youkali)

Youkali
C'est le pays de nos désirs (Is the land of our desires)
Youkali
C'est le bonheur, c'est le plaisir (Is happiness, pleasure)
Youkali
C'est la terre où l'on quitte tous les soucis (Is the land where we forget all our worries)
C'est, dans notre nuit, comme une éclaircie (It is in our night, like a bright rift)
L'étoile qu'on suit (The star we follow)
C'est Youkali (It is Youkali)

Youkali
C'est le respect de tous les voeux échangés (Is the respect of all vows exchanged)
Youkali
C'est le pays des beaux amours partagés (Is the land of love returned)
C'est l'esperance (It is the hope)
Qui est au coeur de tous les humains (That is in every human heart)
La deliverance (The deliverance)
Que nous attendons tous pour demain (We await for tomorrow)

Youkali
C'est le pays de nos désirs (Is the land of our desires)
Youkali
C'est le bonheur, c'est le plaisir (Is happiness, pleasure)
Mais c'est un reve, une folie (But it is a dream, a folly)
Il n'y a pas de Youkali (There is no Youkali)

Mais c'est un reve, une folie (But it is a dream, a folly)
Il n'y a pas de Youkali (There is no Youkali)




Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014





 Catching the Bull    unfinished March 2014     oil on canvas     152.5 X 244 cm 






Taming the Bull    unfinished March 2014     oil on canvas     152.5 X 244 cm










Sunday, February 23, 2014

Painting now contains the DNA of 20th century art. It has no need to prove self-reflexivity. Painting is here to show us the resources of painting.

The logic of painting after the twentieth century requires that the painter cut the sails according to the winds of the painting's own development. This means no going down the rabbit hole of any particular method for its own sake. It isn't necessary or desireable to assume that a painting begun with painterly brio must continue that way. That would be to fall asleep.

Malerei enthält nun die DNA der Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts. Es hat keine Notwendigkeit, Selbst-Reflexivität zu beweisen. Malerei ist hier, um uns zu zeigen, die Mittel der Malerei.

Die Logik der Malerei nach dem zwanzigsten Jahrhundert erfordert, dass der Maler schneiden die Segel nach dem Wind von der Malerei eigene Entwicklung. Dies bedeutet keinen Weg in den Kaninchenbau einer bestimmten Methode um ihrer selbst willen.  Es ist nicht notwendig oder wünschenswert, davon ausgehen, dass ein Gemälde mit malerischen brio begonnen müssen diesen Weg fortsetzen. Das wäre, um einzuschlafen.











Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Ten Bulls version 2 in progress February 11 2014





Catching the Bull    unfinished Feb. 2014     oil on canvas     152.5 X 244 cm  





Taming the Bull    unfinished Feb. 2014     oil on canvas     152.5 X 244 cm 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

From  Capture 2014: Nova Scotia Realism  @ Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax Nova Scotia  




     OBJECT   2010   oil on acrylic lenticular panels mounted on board   107 X 85 cm

A study of a man contemplating a realization that his mind is just another thing in a world of things. His interiority is only an aspect of the general exteriority.  His subjectivity is no longer his castle.  He's in free fall. 

A famous philosopher gestures around him like cartoon bluebirds around the head of someone clobbered.  

It'll be a rough night.  But I think he'll be okay.



Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Ten Bulls version 2 in progress January 21 2014








Searching for the Bull   unfinished Jan. 2014   oil on canvas   152.5 X 244 cm






Discovering the Footprints   unfinished Jan. 2014   oil on canvas   152.5 X 244 cm