In May last year, I posted some pigeon images that I’d found in an op-shop. At the time I remember I was drawn to the photos because of the bold colours, and also because each pigeon was perched on a little stage complete with back-drop and spot-lighting. The little series of images intrigued me because it was just that – a strange little family of photos, neatly and consistently art directed.
Sometimes when I see an image, I feel utterly compelled to paint it. Often the more forgotten and discarded the image the better – the images seem to seek me out, and I enjoy the challenge of trying to decide whether they will magically transform into some kind of worthy painting. I’m interested in the potential of a found image to become something more, and the kinds of qualities it assumes when severed from its original context and placed instead in a more painterly one. Here I present my first pigeon painting, my aim is to complete all the little furry friends I posted last May, let’s see if I can do it!