James Guppy | (left) The Magnolia, (right) The Poppy
5 May - 6 July 2016
The truly beautiful is compelling. It demands things of us and this compulsion is dangerous. In these paintings I am trying to suggest both the beauty and the danger.
These works are part of a series of paintings that focus on flowers coming out of the sky… suggesting perhaps portents, the archangel Gabriel, fighter pilots or UFOs. I am often asked what my paintings "mean". While I am drawn to particular images as an allusion, a metaphor or a suggestion of something … as to their meaning or what that something might be; I really don't know. I doubt my words can even hint at the impulses which produce the works. Interpretation can only be left to the viewer, which is as it should be.
- James Guppy, 2016