SMOKE & MIRRORS
Archery Practice
Archery Practice

oil on canvas 183x143cm

Mera
Mera

oil on canvas 140x91cm

Smoke & Mirrors
Smoke & Mirrors

oil on canvas 183x143cm

Levitating Lady
Levitating Lady

oil on canvas 122x91cm

Levitator
Levitator

oil on canvas 183x143cm

Horus the Illusionist
Horus the Illusionist

oil on canvas 122x91cm

Human Bridge
Human Bridge

acrylic and oil on canvas 122x122cm [can be displayed any way up]

the Emerald Archer
the Emerald Archer

oil on canvas 122x91cm

Smethwick Twins #2
Smethwick Twins #2

oil on canvas 56x56cm

As one may infer from the alternative exhibition title, “Sleight of Hand”; things are not always as they appear at first glance. Figures levitate; tumblers perform unlikely feats of balance. Perhaps… The audience’s perceptions and preconceptions are exploited by a visual subterfuge to blur the line between the genuine and the fraudulent, reality and illusion. An ensemble cast of circus performers provides the perfect opportunity to address issues of disability and outsiderism; gender politics and political spin. Paintings compare and contrast the extraordinary feats of [extra]ordinary people with the elaborate deceptions of sophisticated groupings and elites; individual creativity set against state mechanisms designed to encourage conformity.