The Last Exhale, Distillations of Human History

Existence Tissue experiencing the last exhale; the global extinction of all species.

The pieces in Distillations of Human History are oil paintings made with sustainable materials and found debris from specific human events. I consider them collaborations with place and time, and consequently with those who were there. They are a part of our human lineage. They are visual stories, remembrances, requiems.

Catacombs of London’s Human History, WWII Blitz Rubble, sustainable oil painting on stretched canvas, found pigment (WWII blitz rubble bricks) foraged while mudlarking along the River Thames under the Millennium Bridge, 80x120cm, 2022.

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Catacombs of London’s Human History, The Great Fire of 1666, sustainable oil painting on stretched canvas, found pigment (burnt brick from The Great Fire of 1666) foraged while mudlarking along the River Thames under the Millennium Bridge, 24×36 inches, 2022.

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Distillations of Human History, Druid Fire Circle charcoal, sustainable oil painting on unstretched canvas stapled to the wall all edges showing, found pigment foraged from a modern Druid ceremonial fire circle in NE England, 6×6 feet, 2022.

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Distillations of Human History, Liverpool Oil Spill (1,2,3), sustainable oil painting process/materials on stretched canvas, found pigment (dried petroleum from an oil spill) foraged on Crosby Beach in Merseyside, England, 2022.

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Hatton Gallery Atrium exhibition January 13-29, 2023

Professional Photography by Colin Davison.