This is ‘Himself’. I drew him ten years ago on Mull with a broken wrist. I had fallen mountain biking down Ben Lomond . Whilst on Mull in absolutely bruising rain a bunch of us took salvation in the warm and welcoming An Tobar. We chatted wi’ Gordon and I went through all the books. Found one with photographs of old crofting, highland families, townships etc. Man I wish I had bought that book. Anyhow one St.Kildan stuck with me and I sat for many hours drawing what my mind remembered. He is presented in a Glass frame which I have painted and mounted him in. It is a hard wood frame.
So he is something to do with #mull. He is something to do with #stkilda. He is one of the best things I have ever created (at least in my own mind). This is very much my own style, which I slowly formed throughout my adolescence. It is a style that I briefly revisited when designing ‘The Voyage of the Hector’ album cover for John Somerville and Fèis Rois. It is almost a signature of mine this warped, modernist heavily celtic style. My Mum taught me a lot of stuff when I was young and one of those things was drawing Celtic figures and animals and this style is my evolution of it. As a Celt. Tradition is nothing if you don’t forge it.
‘Himself’ will inform a new series of paintings and as such I value him highly (as will the collectors, when I am dead :P)