John Philip Murray




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Hats, Glasses and Wings (Diptych)

Oil on cotton 76x122cm. 2007

Where "Sentinel" is loaded with symbol and subterfuge, this painting is fairly direct. The images are ambiguous, - a hat is a hat, glasses are glasses and wings fly through the air, no problems with that, but all of these are sources of possible innocence or its opposite. The harmless elderly man in hat overcoat and glasses, making his way along, is diagonally (diametrically?) opposite a steel-helmeted person wearing breathing apparatus also making his way but cutting a much more sinister dash. Flying birds silhouetted against a light sky and landscape contrast sleek spiky jets merging secretly into those elements. In between these images are gentle warm brown panels over deep slate blue/grey ones.