The great thing about painting is it’s not fashionable.”– Jock McFadyen
I posted these Jock McFadyens as an example of an artist who went from deeply subjective paintings derived from his imagination and observation to work which incorporates photography while still holding onto the same subject with the richness of emotional involvement of the earlier work. In my opinion, this is the only way photographic material can be used without the artist’s vision and imagination being colonized and dominated by it. One sees this in oceans of realist and photo-realist painting.
McFadyen’s work demonstrates that the notion of -isms not only miss the point of art but at this stage are simply destructive and cynical. Post-Modernism is a lie. The entire edifice is crumbling into dust because it’s entirely based on false premises and financial manipulation. Abandon ship.
The title of one of the paintings below sums it up: “Kill Matthew Barney.”
I don’t want to be an artist. I want to be a painter. The man in the street might think you make art out of dirt and string. It is embarrassing to be an artist. – Jock McFadyen
Purfleet: From Dracula’s Garden, oil on canvas, 2001
Jock McFadyen, Canal Lovers, oil on canvas, 1993-94
Jock McFadyen, Tate Moss, oil on canvas