from separation to individuation ...

Paintings bY Deirdre Butler

17 30 December 2004, Fringe Club

(click below to enlarge paintings)

Red Lady Before

Oil on Board, 18"*24"

$3,500

Broken Heart

Acrylic on Board, 24"*30"

$3,800

Against the Wall

Acrylic on Canvas, 24"*30"

SOLD ($2,400)

Tear of a Clown

Acrylic on Canvas, 24"*24"

$2,400

Self Portrait

Acrylic on Canvas, 24"*24"

$2,800

The Therapist

Acrylic on Canvas, 30"*36"

Not For Sale

Cage Opening

Acrylic on Canvas, 30"*36"

$3,200

Grieving

Acrylic on Canvas, 24"*24"

$2,500

Barbed Wire

Acrylic on Canvas, 24"*30"

$2,800

Love?

Acrylic on Canvas, 24"*24"

$2,800

Joy (Angel Card Series)

Acrylic on Canvas, 24"*24"

$2,800

Communication (Angel Card Series)

Acrylic on Canvas, 24"*24"

$2,800

Patience (Angel Card Series)

Acrylic on Canvas, 24"*24"

$2,500

Release (Angel Card Series)

Acrylic on Canvas, 24"*24"

$2,500

Forgiveness (Angel Card Series)

Acrylic on Canvas, 24"*24"

$2,800

Openness (Angel Card Series)

Acrylic on Canvas, 24"*24"

SOLD ($2,800)

Healing 1

Acrylic on Canvas, 30"*24"

SOLD ($3,200)

Lamma Tara

Acrylic on Canvas, 24"*24"

$2,800

Healing 2

Acrylic on Canvas, 24"*24"

$2,500

Eggs in a Basket

Acrylic on Canvas, 24"*24"

$4,200

Cosmic Egg

Acrylic on Canvas, 24"*30"

$3,000

Sunlight Penetrates Void

Acrylic on Canvas, 36"*48"

$4,200

Mystery of Life

Acrylic on Canvas, 36"*48"

$5,500

Moonlight Diffuses

Acrylic on Canvas, 36"*48"

$4,200

Reciprocal Forces

Acrylic on Canvas, 60"*36"

$6,900

Bewildered Beast (with appreciation to Badly Drawn Boy)

Acrylic on Canvas, 24"*30"

$3,000

Soul Seeking Artist

Acrylic on Canvas, 24"*36"

$4,500

Truth

Acrylic on Canvas, 24"*24"

SOLD ($3,000)

Deliverance

Acrylic on Canvas, 24"*36"

$3,000

Sacrificial Bull

Acrylic on Canvas, 24"*24"

SOLD ($5,500)

 


Red Lady Before:  This image is the only one in the exhibition that was painted before my separation.

Love?  The angel card I'd blindly selected to paint was "Love". I couldn't quite do it. And it had to be off-centre.

Joy, Communication, Patience, Release, Forgiveness, Openness  (The Angel Card Series):

This series was initiated by a woman I have never met,  though I hope to meet tonight, who asked if I could do some abstract, simple and cheerful paintings. I thought I'd have a go and used the angel cards for inspiration. For those who have not come across angel cards, they come out of the Findhorn Community. Their shadow counterparts are called the devils.

Healing 2:  This painting stayed determinedly unfinished since the initial burst of creation. In my last frantic few days, when all the others somehow found completion, this one didn't. It eventually dawned on me that perhaps this picture, Healing 2, was meant to be work in progress for the duration of this exhibition.

Mystery of Life:  This piece was inspired by dance and by poetry, and unsurprisingly a man, or to be more precise, men. In October, in Hong Kong, I attended a Five Rhythms Dance Workshop led by Ellen Watson from Esalen. After some time dancing, possibly somewhere in the middle of "Flow", we stopped and wrote in our journals for  about 15 minutes exploring the words "deep" "black" and "mystery". And then having written, we were asked to distill our writing to exactly 17 words...a magic number. My 17 words were:

Black, violet, two shades gold...silver
Mystery of my life
Man ~ deep black mystery to me
Red!

These words begged to be painted.  For some reason I expected to be painting a portrait of myself or at least a feminine energy. Then on the evening I began to paint, a man got in the way, disrupted and also inspired. Later the full painting emerged...the mystery of life at its most fundamental level.

Reciprocal Forces:  Painted partly in homage to the best body~worker in Hong Kong.

Bewildered Beast  (with appreciation to Badly Drawn Boy):  The model thought he looked bewildered. I found the portrait full of Gothic overtones, with more than a passing resemblance to Alice Cooper on a bad day. The title is plagiarized from the CD 'The Hour of Bewilderbeast' by Badly Drawn Boy. It seemed appropriate.

Truth:  I was challenged by the angel cards to depict "Truth". How do you draw the truth? Then I recalled a story of a sage who remarked (something along the lines of), "Truth is like a blind man describing an elephant. It depends which part he's touching at the time." And so, an elephant it is.

Sacrificial Bull:  Apart from the initial two paintings exhibited (nos 1 & 2), this was the painting that was created first, and started the whole exhibitionist ball rolling.  The bull has had a sacrificial role in many cultures. In Mithraic and Roman cultures, it was sacrificed at the turn of the year; its blood symbolizing the masculine essence that fertilized the feminine earth and returned life to the land. In Celtic history, the Druids sacrificed a white bull during the mistletoe cutting ceremony. And while today we may be used to associating the bull with maleness and strength, in the older cultures it could have a feminine connotation. The crescent shape of its horns marked it as a lunar rather than solar animal. What feelings does it evoke for you?

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