Canadian Surrealism is alive!
Waiting For The Death Blow
A painting also known as The Porpoise Waves Goodbye
The painting is an allegorical blend of sources, specifically songs by The Cure and
The Monkees as well as nursery rhyme and psychological references.
Artist: Stephen Gibb, oil on panel, 2015
Canadian Surrealism is confronted head-on by Stephen Gibb’s Bubblegum Surrealism in an upside down Mother Goose world of humour and social commentary.
Always in the state of flux, my perspective on the world and how it informs my artwork is in constant modulation. Part of the input process involves pairing themes and concepts with emotion and contrast, which is then output using my Mother Goose meets Mad Magazine style of Pop Surrealism.
As children, we come to understand abstract concepts like morality and virtue in the form of nursery rhyme and fairy tale messages. What I imagine is the evolution of that form into an adult iteration, inducing an inner turmoil the viewer has to reconcile by navigating the more mature themes disguised as children’s story imagery.
What is perceived at the start is a layer of humourous innocence but what is arrived at in the end is a complex and hopefully intriguing conclusion.
Here we go round the prickly apple at 5 o’clock in the morning
A painting also known as The Hollow Man
The painting is an allegorical blend of biblical, nursery rhyme and psychological references,
taking cues from T.S. Eliot’s The Hollow Men.
Artist: Stephen Gibb, oil on panel, 2017
The painting is an allegory of mass consumption and various degrees of desire and disgust.
Artist: Stephen Gibb, oil on panel, 2016