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Earlier Works

The Tennis Game
Oil on board 60 x 80 cm

I first came across David Inshaw's Badminton Game in an exhibition at Liverpool's Walker Gallery in the early 70s and then again at an Inshaw retrospective in Brighton a couple of years later. It prompted my 'Tennis Game', painted in 1978, evocative of the apparent stability of England with its substantial country house and a couple of girls playing an idle game in the garden, oblivious of the coming climacteric. I didn't remember the painting in detail, just that there was a big red house, some odd looking trees and a couple of girls playing tennis. Later I found they were playing badminton.

Reminiscing the Game
Oil on board 60 x 80 cm

'Reminiscing the Game' sees one of the players, older, racket by her side, looking back into her memories of that perceived stability now that the world has changed. The garden is consumed by desert following runaway global warming. William Holman Hunt's Scapegoat stands nearby, ready to absorb the sins of humanity in their neglect for the environment. Both painted in 1978, the pair of pictures foresee the coming climate catastrophe years before global warming became a universal concern.

Future Urban
Oil on Wood board 67 x 39 cm

Chris, Beckenham
Oil on Wood board 56 x 36 cm

Five Sailed Windmill, Alford
Oil on wood board 50 x 47 cm

From the days when Jean and I sold cream teas at the windmill in summer days.

Colouring in Brigit, I
Oil on Wood board 102 x 97 cm

Oil on board

This painting was based on a picture I saw in a book of computer generated patterns in 1995.

Colouring in Brigit, II
Oil on board.
Oil on wood board 89 x 76 cm

6250 Small Triangles, Conway's Aperiodic Monotiling.
Acrylic on paper 40 x 75 cm

Each right-angled triangle has two sides of lengths in ratio 1:2:square root 5. The smaller angle is the tangent of 0.5. This is an irrational number so does not divide exactly into 360°. The change from one size generation of triangle to the next involves a rotation about an angle of tan 0.5, which being irrational does not divide exactly into 360 or any multiple thereof. The pattern could be extended outwards to infinity in all directions but the regular rotations by an irrational angle ensures that the pattern can never repeat. It is an aperiodic tiling. It was first described by John Conway, an English mathematician.
And then I coloured it in.

Ecotricity built a windfarm near Mablethorpe
Oil on board.

Oil on board 40 x 50 cm

Oil on board 60 x 106 cm

Penrose aperiodic tiling, kites and arrowheads.

The Circle Dance
Oil on board 40 x 50 cm

Penrose Rose
Oil on board 90 cm diameter

Fractal River I
Oil on board 36 x 46 cm

Fractal River II
Oil on board 50 x 40 cm

Sequestered Carbon
Coal, stained glass and lead 16 x 16 x 8 cm.
If human civilisation is to survive, most fossil carbon must be left in the ground. These four pieces of coal are safely encased in cubes of hand made, mouth blown stained glass from Poland.

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