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Man hosing a Mormon

Man hosing a Mormon

Date:2005
Medium: Hard-ground etching, aquatint and roulette
Plate size: 22 x 35.5cms
Edition: 20

 
Thick as thieves

Thick as thieves

Date: 2011
Medium: Hard and soft ground etching
Plate size: 14.8 x 19.8cms
Edition: 39

One of my close friends saw his grandmother throw a bucket of water at an insistent Mormon. Even worse was when a Townsville resident offered two Mormon visitors morning tea and hash cookies.
 
In Australia we use so many colourful colloquiums. This is one of my favourites.
     
Toad shooter

Toad shooter

Date: 1988
Medium: Hard ground etching and aquatint
Plate size: 23 x 30cms
Edition: 20

 
And he told me he was taking me to the river to see the phosphorescent swans

And he told me he was taking me to the river to see the phosphorescent swans

Date: 1983
Medium: Hard ground etching and electric engraving
Plate size: 23 x 41.8cms
Edition: 20

The central character in the toad shooter etching was modeled on a private detective who lived in Townsville. After a busy day pursuing insurance fraud he sometimes sat outside on a deck chair with his .22 rifle and shot toads as they congregated around his sprinkler. His wife would later collect the carcasses and incinerate them. It's better than shooting phosphorescent swans.

 

This is one of the first suburban etchings and relates to a friend who believed that she would indeed see the illuminated swans described by her boyfriend once they had parked at the mouth of the Ross River. I drew the phosphorescent swans one Sunday afternoon, parked on the banks of the Ross River as I sat in the back seat of my 1964 Toyota Crown. The fishermen nearby gave me some strange looks.

     
After her husband died Margaret made a book as soft as skin from the pulped cotton of his underpants

After her husband died Margaret made a book as soft as skin from the pulped cotton of his underpants

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Medium: Hard ground etching and aquatint
Plate size: 11 x 12.5cms
Edition: 15

 
Inspected by Betty

Inspected by Betty

Date: 1997
Medium: Hard ground etching and aquatint
Plate size: 14.8 x 22.5
Edition: 20

I once met a woman who made exquisite artists books from her husbands discarded underpants. I have no recollection of what she printed onto the pages but I remember wondering how many times her husband wore his garments before they were wisked away from him, pulped and quickly made into book pages.
 
On several occasions after trying on new underclothes I have found small adhesive stickers attached to my body. The stickers usually read "Inspected" followed by the date when the inspection took place. This discovery gave me the idea for the etching of a man who can't quite understand how or why each night the mysterious inspection by someone called Betty is taking place on his personal property.
     
Jack the ripper 21st

Jack the ripper 21st

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Old man and home

Old man and home

Date: 1989
Medium: Hard ground etching and aquatint
Plate size: 12 x 13cms
Edition: 10

If Jack the ripper had a large cake at his twenty first birthday party how would he have cut it?

 
I drew onto this etching plate in a park in Sydney. The old man carried all of his possessions in an old trolley made from a disused pram.
     
Still searching for weapons of mass destruction

Still searching for weapons of mass destruction

Date: 2009
Medium: Hard ground etching and aquatint
Plate size: 24.5 x 33.1cms
Edition: 20

  Uncle Stumpy and Grandfather always bought shoes together

Uncle Stumpy and Grandfather always bought shoes together

Date: 1997
Medium: Hard ground etching and aquatint
Plate size:18.2 x 24.5cms
Edition: 30

Somewhere there must be a group of obsessive people still combing plots of earth and staring through powerful viewing devices in search of those elusive weapons of mass destruction.
 

Uncle Stumpy and Grandfather both lost their legs through different circumstances but as luck would have it they had the same shoe size and a complete left and right leg between them.

     
Man and shower

Man and shower

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Medium: Linocut
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Cuppa

Cuppa tea

Date: 1990
Medium: Linocut
Plate size: 12.5 x 14.5
Edition: Artist Proof

I added new marks to those already existing on an old piece of lino to form the shower image.
 
My grandmother loved her cuppa. It was quite a ritual for her. I have followed on in her footsteps enjoying my tea in a special fine china cup.
 

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