The Idea of an Island

Made in response to Spike Island, this collection was painted during the COVID period. Initially intended to be painted on the island, lockdown  restrictions  prevented access, necessiating this collection to be painted in isolation.

A former fortress, monastery and prison, Spike Island is steeped in history and atmosphere. This collection explores the idyll of an island  – the wild places in our hearts and heads and notions of isolation, freedom, home, connectedness and redemption.  It seems despite our longings for splendid isolation – no man is an island, after all.