The full title of this painting is ‘The Great Wave of Trees and the Revenge of the Swifts’. I painted this during an Open Studio when I had a lot of time. It is a companion piece to ‘No Mean Preacher‘, born out of my anger and frustration with human ignorance and hatred. Rather than the song thrush, this time swifts are the featured bird, but this wasn’t planned.
I was in Bath for the day, and walking through the streets of the hideous Southgate shopping mall, built of concrete with a facade of Bath Stone. Looking at the treeline I imagined the trees rushing through the mall like a tsunami, sweeping away the middle managers, executive assistants, and foolish shoppers. At the same time I imagined swifts, perhaps the most extraordinary and magical of birds, swooping down and shrieking at the fleeing office workers. It’s a fantasy I would really like to become fact – and in a way it will, as systems begin to sunder as a consequence of climate disaster and the failure of capitalism.
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