The Rape of Europa - the word rape meaning seduction in this context - was a popular subject throughout the
Renaissance era. Painters such as Titian, Veronese and Reni have all painted
versions of the Greek myth with Titian’s rendition being perhaps the most
In Greek mythology Zeus is in love with the princess Europa. Determined to seduce her he transforms himself into a white bull and mingles with her father's herd. When Europa climbs on his back he swims to the island of Crete where he reveals himself and consummates his lust. Europa became the first Queen of Crete and the continent of Europe is derived from her name.
At the end of 2016 I was struck by how many famous faces had sadly passed away during the year. I decided to paint this homage of six portraits - just some of the many who passed - the six are from left to right.
David Bowie, Mohamed Ali, Andrew Sachs (Fawlty Towers)
Prince, Peter Vaughan, (Game of Thrones) and John Glenn.
The Death of Actaeon
story originates from the Latin poets Ovid's account in the Metamorphosis, it is the
subject of a famous painting by the Venetian Renaissance Artist Titian.
Actaeon is hunting in
the forest with his dogs when he inadvertently sees the goddess Diana bathing
naked in a stream. Diana is outraged at this intrusion and transforms the
unfortunate Actaeon into a stag, he is hunted by his own dogs and eventually
torn apart by them.
In my humble version one hound springs in surprise
at the hand of his master, the only part of the hunter yet to be transformed.
Two other dogs have already started to instinctively attack the stag. The
goddess Diana is poised to strike a killer blow.
The Sugar Man is Sixto Diaz Rodriguez a musician from the sixties who was rediscovered in the 1990's. His story is told in the 2012 documentary entitled:- 'Searching for the Sugar Man'.
Dr Jacob Bronowski was a Scientist, Mathematician and Inventor, his legacy is the 1973 BBC documentary series The Ascent of Man. I have painted him with his treasured possession, the cast of the Taung Child skull believed to be one of man's earliest ancestors.