Alice in the Art World

This series of seven paintings were produced for the 'Alice in the Art World' exhibition at the Omnibus Gallery in 2014. Although it may not seem obvious at first glance Joe Machine and Alice in Wonderland are the perfect fit.  Both are eccentric, quintessentially British, and both have a dark and foreboding undercurrent when he surface is even slightly scratched. 

'Alice in the Art World' was an idea that originally came up in conversation between Joe and legendary art critic Edward Lucie-Smith and is not the first time that Joe has waved a friendly hand at  the art establishment. Joe Machine was awarded the ‘Real Turner Prize’ in 2000 and in 2005 he was part of the Stuckist protest outside the Turner Prize at Tate Britain to draw attention to the Tate's purchase of its trustee Chris Ofili's work ‘The Upper Room’ and demand the resignation of Tate Director, Sir Nicholas Serota.