Mogwai Fear Satan
After finishing this painting, in September 2008, I felt emboldened to carry on with the painting experiments that became Project Mogwai. I’d always dabbled in what Clive Barker refers to as the “fantastique”, but now I was determined to limit myself to absolute realism. How to do justice to a 20-minute art/noise rock classic? I didn’t give it a lot of thought, and just went with this image of a silhouetted gravestone against a dramatic twilight sky. I didn’t have a clue how to paint something like that, but that didn’t stop me. I think some of the clouds were made using an old rag dipped in an office ink pad, that’s how much I was winging it. Looking closely at it now, I can see the faint traces of another painting underneath it, which was standard practice for me then and now. I can definitely recall the determination I had back then to Year Zero all my work up to that point (a tendency I’ve only recently let go of) and establish myself as a more “serious” artist.
Sigh… I still had so much to learn.