MAY  2020  Diary now published

P J  CROOK

 

 

 

      FEBRUARY 2020 Diary published

.......to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven… Ecclesiastes 3 1 8

THE WRITING ON THE WALL

oil on wood   32 x 25 inches   1991

 

exhibited:

1991

RA summer exhibition

 

1991

Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris

 

1996

Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum

Theatre Clwyd, Mold

Musee Paul Valery, Sete, France

Rye Art Gallery & Museum

 

collection

Dennis Carlton Conway

 

reproduced

King Crimson - Level 5 (click image to see further details)

This was painted during the first Gulf War when Iraq was firing scud missiles into Israel and families there were wearing gas masks. I thought how strange this would be, particularly for infants, to see their parents transformed into these surreal, elephantine-type creatures.  I have painted this as a 'portrait' with scurrying figures in the background and have made reference to Rembrandt's painting 'Belshazzar's Feast where the finger of God has written " you have weighed in the balance and found wanting".

To tell the truth I have always had a strong feeling that the apocalyptic dilemma that faces us all across the globe now, would occur. People have often written about the timeless quality in many of my paintings which is why this is of even more relevance in 2020.