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.Decalcomania   1971-1972

                    The technique of decalcomania was 'invented' by Oscar Dominguez, a surrealist painter from the Canary Islands. I always thought this fact was strangely significant because of the connection between the
                    Canary Islands and the legendary Atlantis, 
which seems to be reflected in the eerie, aqueous landscapes that Dominguez made with this technique. You begin by spreading black gouache on paper and
                    then pressing down unevenly on it with
another piece of paper or to produce a Rorschach-like abstraction. The resulting images have been described as "submarine flora, unfathomable fauna…
                    delirious broughs of grottoes, black
lakes, will-of-the-wisps…"(Andre Breton).

                    I decided to try a variation on the traditional decalcomania technique by using coloured, instead of black gouache, which reduces the graphic impact, but strengthens the lyrical qualities.

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The Summons
gouache on paper, 1971

Plateau
gouache on paper, 1971

Messenger
gouache on paper, 1971

Landscape with Houris
gouache on paper, 1971

Polyphemus
gouache on paper, 1971




Cthulu
gouache on paper, 1971


Yearnings
gouache on paper, 1971

Dawn
gouache on paper, 1971


Pillars of Hercules
gouache on paper, 1971

Journey to the Hesperides
gouache on paper, 1971


The Woods at Twilight
gouache on paper, 1971


Arcturus
gouache and enamel on paper, 16" x 20", 1972



Arc II
gouache on paper, 1971





 

Ramscape
gouache on paper, 1971
(Private collection, Vancouver)


Dream of Pan's Home
gouache on paper, 1971


From the Void
gouache and acrylic, 20" x 24", 1972


Nighthawk
gouache on panel, 16" x 20", 1972
(Collection of the City of Vancouver)


Jewel of the Andes
gouache and acrylic, 20" x 24"  1972

Moon Dance
gouache on panel,
16" x 20", 1972
(Collection of the City of Vancouver)

Untitled
gouache on panel, 16" x 20", 1972
(Collection of the City of Vancouver)

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