Monday, 8 April 2013

Artwork website is up!

I have finally created and published a simple website for my artwork.

You can view it here.

It is by no means the final version of what I want it to be, but the opportunity arose to get something up right away so I have taken it.

I am happy that I have an avenue to assemble all of my work in the one place.

Hope you like it!

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Ayahuasca and The War On Consciousness

I listen to many podcasts and radio shows as I spend long hours painting. 

It is a great way of finding out what is happening in the world of metaphysics, science, and other areas that I am interested in. I rarely pay attention to or read the news, so this is a great way to keep abreast of things in one sense.

The talk that Graham Hancock did recently for a TedX series has powerfully moved me today. 

This is not the first time I have heard him discuss ayahuasca (I am very interested to try this plant), but the context of the discussion where he points to an awakening into a new consciousness – and the realisation of the madness we are currently hurtling through – really hit home. (I am not even going to comment on the fact that this talk was banned - it is a topic for a very different post).

I had some paintings out of storage, and seeing them in their remarkable beauty and acknowledging that they are not yet being shared made me wonder: am I keeping my own light under a bushel and not contributing to the solutions our world needs? What am I doing? I certainly am not contributing in the spectacular way that he is.

Listen to the video if you don't have time to sit down and watch it – it’s worth it.

"Winged Set" and "Metamorphosis": these and my other paintings are not yet hanging in a gallery or somewhere for people to look at

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

The Exquisite Palette

One of the three paintings that I have been working on post Winged Set is complete. It's for a competition by a cool local art supply dealer, St. Lukes.

The concept is that artists embrace one of the most recognizable symbols of our craft - the palette - and our actual submissions are created on a palette supplied by the shop for entry into the competition.

Kemetic Palette by Setken

The piece features for the first time my Kemetic name as I render it in hieroglyphs  This is my signature as an artist. The word above the cartouche can be interpreted with my name to read "Setken appears". Fitting as this piece is my introduction into the art world of Melbourne.

The palette features a red background where Heru and Set bless my name, and Udjat and Nekhbet look on. The Winged Disk is a favourite Kemetic symbol that I have used many times in my life. The eyes in the middle are a fun way of addressing the palette finger hole.

I have named the work "Kemetic Palette", which reflects a current work, "The artist as beloved of Heru and Set". The palette has inspired another piece that I am still sketching with a working title of "Sexuality".

It was challenging painting on wood (I am used to canvas), and I am glad that I took time to render the surface properly  Painting in miniature is something I have not done before, so I am pleased with the result as a first attempt.

The Exquisite Palette opening night is next Wednesday night April 10th for any of my Melbourne readers.