Piriformis Rabbit. 83 x 45 cm.
Welcome to my site.
My career began in 1974 as one half of the performance art duo Reindeer Werk. In 1980 I changed to anti-conceptualist painting, part of a movement that eventually came to be known as Low Brow. Finding myself uncomfortably cornered into a genre that appeared to be becoming ever more Disneyfied, I have since branched into an area that appears to be something of a hybrid, standing between pro and contra conceptual camps. I prefer being a hinge to a flat plane.
The Candelabra Project
A while back, someone said to me, "Why don't you make something useful Dirk ?" Frankly, I'd not thought much about this possibility before, but this time, it struck a chord. In 2020, a year on, I present a series of original wall sconces and candelabra, most of them produced during the Covid-19 lockdown. I readily admit to hoping that restaurants might find them useful, as well as certain types of dinner party host.
These uniquely atmospheric art works are being offered to selected restaurants on a sale or return basis – no upfront costs for
you. You set the prices and display the lit pieces for a set period (negotiable). I receive £200 per piece sold. Any proceeds received from sales of more than £400 per piece, are split 50/50.
Some of the Candelabra use specially bent candles, extras available for £10 each. Otherwise, it’s surprisingly easy to bend your own. The non-drip candles I use last at least six hours. You are welcome to come and visit, or I can visit you with a few of the pieces.
My book ‘Candelabras and Other Things’ is available at Blurb: https://www.blurb.co.uk/b/10191020-candelabra-2
1st July 2020
My Little Candelabra. 32 x 22 cm. On discovering how easy it is to bend candles, I decided to explore the possibilities.
Lil C's Sconce of Treasure. 70 x 48 cm.
The Blue Dot Candelabra 30 x 23 x 30 cm. The bulb can be charged on a laptop.
Blue Dot Candelabra.
As the World Turns. 68 x 79 cm. In Lockdown, everything seemed so much bigger and smaller than it was.
As The World Turns. Detail
Cooking with The Arbliquelia. 35 x 28 x 25 cm.
Coffee Button Tender candelabra. 40 x 31 x 18 cm. 4 graters, copper sheeting, milliput & oil paint.
A two-position Candelabra: Position one. "The Arbliquelia lifts the Burden of the Coffee Button". 42 x 40 cm. 2020. Position 2 is below.
Position two. "The Arbliquelia lifts the Burden of the Coffee Button". 42 x 40 cm.
The Arbliquelia is the exploration of an Argument, a Question and a Lie. Something for our times. 60 x 45 cm. Soldered wire, milliput, plaster, copper plate, oil paints.
Button Boy Candelabra. 62 cm high x 25 cm wide. My first candelabra made at home during the virus shut down.
Lukasch Pyrq Memorial Candelabra #2. 45 x 31 cm.
Regality Candelabra. 33 x 31 x 7 cm.