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Another Form Of Control

The Early Bird Catches ...

91 cm x 71 cm

Oil on canvas


This painting links a medieval ‘base’ with contemporary imagery. The distorted church rears its round tower neck to an angry early morning sky. A blemmy (a medieval ambiguous being) hobbles hurriedly down the path aided by a black staff. The cockerel cock-a-doodle-dos its message to its parish flock. The gravestones, being 19th – early 20th century, bridge the gap between the medieval and modern periods. The cockerel’s head and puffed out chest act like the ubiquitous Kellogg’s cornflakes logo. Here the full-bloodied spikey crest and wattle, and curved beak, reflect the visceral nature, earthiness and sharpness of medieval life.

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