Abstractions.

Memories, looking for birds nests as a young boy in a Celtic landscape, “Too long ago”, remind me of the little Yellowhammer.  Fascinated by markings on its eggs, we boys called it the “Scribbling Master”. Random scribbled markings on its shells appeared to be drawn with a frenzied fine nibbed pen.

Scribbling Master”

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The egg has become a recurring symbol in much of my abstract art work.It is a symbol of rebirth, of new life, a motif of regeneration following times of turbulence. I view the Yellowhammer’s primitive shell crazing  as patterns that precede new beginnings, a precursor to change.

“Germination 1” and “2”

Coils of new life emerge like ribbons into a world, as if breaking away from primitively crazed shell patterning. I relate this abstract approach as a portrayal of the human spirit and its resolve to overcome adversity.  A metaphor representing the struggle  and tenacity of people who often escape from broken and hostile environments to start afresh in a new place.

 

 

 

Author: David Carroll - Visual Artist

David is a contemporary artist using many types of media to create abstract artwork. Born in 1947 in North Wales, he migrated to Australia in 1970 with his wife and children. David spent many years working in the electrical trades. In 2011 he had the good fortune to be accepted as a full time, mature age student at Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW. graduating after four years of study with a Bachelors Degree of Visual Art (Honours). David and his wife, now great-grandparents, live in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. where David paints in his studio most days. His abstract works are inspired by memory; not so much to depict specific events but rather, a series of emotional situations infused by present moments of recollection. In recent times, after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, his work has taken a new direction. His 'Elemental Representional" abstract paintings use colour, form and symbolic motifs, to create his visual story line. David regards himself as a mature age, emerging artist.

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