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Reflections on a few of my favourite pieces...

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Ritual Piece

This was originally part of a two-piece sculpture entitled 'The Ritual of Give and Take'. Horns have been used throughout the ages to symbolise power and dominance, and are often associated with gods. The alabaster bowl creates an empty space that might contain wine, blood, etc. - and creates a sense of 'other'. The piece is intended to evoke mystical, primeval feelings.

Andean Head

I have a passion for the Greco-Egyptian art tradition. Although I would never try to copy a Greek or Egyptian piece, I like to incorporate elements of classical sculpture. The marble block for this head came from an old wall that was being demolished, and it already had a corner sheared off. The form suggested itself from the shape of the stone.

The Leader

My passion is for sculpture that combines naturalism with pure forms, and in this sculpture it's the combination of the geometric shapes and the stylised natural form that interests me. The form is stylised because it has sharper edges than are found in nature, but it remains naturalistic.

Boy in a Hood

I had been looking for some Sienna marble for a long time when I found this lovely piece half-buried on the site of a former stonemason's yard. I love the strong yellow colour and the marked vein structure. The shrouded head form again suggested itself from the material.

The Priest

This sculpture started with a tall, rather narrow block of fine Italian marble. The elongation arose from a desire to use as much of the material as possible. The form was also suggested by the mottling of the marble - especially on the back of the piece, where two areas of colour come together in a way that resembles a priest's vestments.

Enjoying the view

This painting was inspired by the climbing of The Old Man of Hoy in the 1960s, which like the rest of the country I watched on black-and-white television at the time. It's windy and raining, but onwards and upwards they go!  The painting represents stoicism and man's desperate desire for challenge.

God Creating the Universe

This painting came about by thinking about space and the universe, and the role of God in their creation. The original title was 'The Far Side of the Sun', which I still like. The perfection of a soap bubble reminds me of a planet, and the piece depicts a god-like figure creating galaxies, stars, planets and moons by blowing fiery bubbles from a pipe.

Turning Head

This piece was prompted by a van Dyck portrait where the sitter held his head in that pose. It is not a picture of anyone in particular. The type of painting that really inspires me comes from this period – the 16th and 17th Centuries – in particular that from Florence in the 1500s and from Rome in the 1600s.

Light of the World

People have been painting Jesus in a crown of thorns for centuries, but I wanted to do something a little different. Rather than attempting to capture the agony and the ecstasy, my picture seeks to portray a sense of reflection and acceptance. The strong rays of the sun bring to mind Jesus's quotation 'I am the light of the world'.

Buddhist Monk

I produced this piece very quickly – in not much more than a single session. It is painted thinly on a fine canvas. The head was completed first, and its monkish features suggested the robes in which the figure was then clothed.

Dive Dive

I come from a war-time generation, and the Second World War – especially in combination with the sea – has had a profound impact on me. As a 13-year-old I recall being taken to see The Cruel Sea starring Jack Hawkins, and I've never forgotten it. My painting shows a destroyer bearing down on a submarine just as it begins to dive, and aims to capture some of the drama.

The Beacon

The painting shows a pair of signallers operating by moonlight, and suggests guerrilla warfare. Note the tiny speck of light in the distance. Communication by beacon takes place in silence and often at night. It has been used since medieval times to spread word of invasion, natural disaster and other emergency.

Christopher Porter Paice

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