Song of Songs

2012 - 2014

Song of Songs is a series of paintings of a single anthurium plant at various stages of flowering. The title of each painting is taken from a line of erotic verse written circa 900BC which traces the journey of a pair of lovers from courtship to consummation. This verse from the Old Testament is a perfect fit for the paintings which use the colour and composition of the anthurium as metaphor for love and lust.

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Song of Songs 1.2

Song of Songs 1.2

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth - for thy love is better than wine. Oil on Canvas, 24" x 36", 2013

Song of Songs 2.6

Song of Songs 2.6

Let his left hand be under my head, and his right hand embrace me. Oil on Canvas, 40" x 40", 2014

Song of Songs 2.14

Song of Songs 2.14

O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock… Oil on Canvas, 24" x 36", 2013

Song of Songs 3.1

Song of Songs 3.1

By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth; I sought him, but I found him not. Oil on Canvas, 24" x 36", 2013

Song of Songs 3.2

Song of Songs 3.2

…I will seek him whom my soul loveth… Oil on Canvas, 16" x 32", 2012

Song of Songs 3.4

Song of Songs 3.4

I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him and would not let him go… Oil on Canvas, 24" x 36", 2013

Song of Songs 4.1

Song of Songs 4.1

Behold, thou art fair my love… Oil on Canvas, 40" x 40", 2014

Song of Songs 4.7

Song of Songs 4.7

Thou art all fair, my love; and there is no spot in thee. Oil on Canvas, 18" x 36" 2012

Song of Songs 4.9

Song of Songs 4.9

Thou hast ravished my heart. Oil on Canvas, 24" x 36" 2013

Song of Songs 4.10

Song of Songs 4.10

How fair is thy love…how much better is thy love than wine! Oil on Canvas' 40" x 40", 2014

Song of Songs 4.11

Song of Songs 4.11

Thy lips, O my bride, drop honey - honey and milk are under thy tongue… Oil on Canvas, 30" x 40", 2013

Song of Songs 4.16

Song of Songs 4.16

Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his precious fruits. Oil on Canvas 24" x 36" 2012

Song of Songs 5.5

Song of Songs 5.5

I rose up to open to my beloved… Oil on Canvas' 24" x 36" 2013

Song of Songs 5.16

Song of Songs 5.16

His mouth is sweet; yea, he is altogether comely. This is my beloved and this is my friend… Oil on Canvas, 24" x 36", 2014

Song of Songs 6.3

Song of Songs 6.3

I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine… Oil on Canvas, 40" x 40", 2013

Song of Songs 8.1

Song of Songs 8.1

When I should find the without, I would kiss thee. Oil on Canvas, 24" x 36" 2013

Song of Songs 8.2a

Song of Songs 8.2a

I would lead thee…that thou mightest instruct me… Oil on Canvas, 40" x 40", 2014

Song of Songs 8.2b

Song of Songs 8.2b

I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine, of the juice of my pomegranate. Oil on Canvas, 24" x 36"' 2013

Song of Songs 8.3

Song of Songs 8.3

His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand should embrace me. Oil on Canvas, 24" x 36", 2013

Song of Songs 8.6

Song of Songs 8.6

…for love is strong as death, jealousy is cruel as the grave… Oil on Canvas, 24" x 36", 2014

Song of Songs 8.7

Song of Songs 8.7

Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it… Oil on Canvas, 24" x 36", 2013

Song of Songs 8.14

Song of Songs 8.14

Make haste, my beloved… Oil on Canvas, 24" x 36", 2013

Song of Songs Exhibition

Song of Songs Exhibition

Installation View, Graydon Gallery, Brisbane, April 2014

Song of Songs Exhibition

Song of Songs Exhibition

Installation View, Graydon Gallery, Brisbane, April 2014

Song of Songs Exhibition

Song of Songs Exhibition

Installation View, Graydon Gallery, Brisbane, April 2014

Song of Songs Exhibition

Song of Songs Exhibition

Installation View, Graydon Gallery, Brisbane, April 2014

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