NIFFY THE PUFF
Gouache

This painting came entirely from my subconscious mind, and is full of deep and meaningful symbolism- I think it represents life- a journey with a certain end. The chess board represents society, order and regularity, setting things up, and the structured man-made world. The native's sudden leap from behind the tree represents nature's interaction and an unforseen shock and surprise, the hand of fate that throws man's best laid plans into chaos, natural disasters from which man is but a pawn in a bigger game.The wild man, swinging freely through the trees is contrasted with a suited business man being pull along a path by a dog.- natural freedom and man made slavery. He too is wearing a leash.The Caterpillar is a small example of the miracle of nature.The shadow of Sherlock Holmes echoes the pipe-blowing native and represents logic, an attempt to make sense of it all through investigating the clues.

© Gavin Bonnar


 
 


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