ZACRON 3 From Romance - The New Radical
From Romance - The New Radical
I produced an elaborate work entitled ‘Window on
The work, which was produced using trompe l’oeil painting
and multi-layered collage, contained panels
dedicated to a retrospective spirit of
Painted within the frame of a window with lace curtains,
it was exhibited at the
the attention of Peter Blake. It was purchase by Jimmy Page.
Art students armed with rollers, masking tape, spray guns
and silk screens, looked across the
for experiment. Close-cropped heads, seersucker jackets,
tapered denims and trainers became the uniform of the
intellectual radical. Paradoxically, some rock stars
retained long hair and flowing robes, becoming a
separatist elite; gurus and divas of a
high culture – untouchable.
Distance preserved the idolized celebrity.
Nobody famous could live next door until they moved out!
The pared-down world of tribally pierced street group
and a new generation of anger had yet to arrive.
My ancient stone studio was in the Yorkshire Dales
where lightning carved trenches in the hard ground.
My rejection of a lectureship, the straitjacket of an
unworldly educational regime, came as a catharsis.
Like so many after the sixties, I felt like a cultural orphan
and needed to rejoin my gut-route of creative energy.
I had to strip visual language of its contrived layers,
investigate the history and meaning of images,
research their fabrication from the primitive to the
modern hybrid emerging through an equally
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