King, Lover, Warrior, Magician

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A few months ago, I had a conversation with my agent Laurence Johns regarding the Jungian psychologist and writer Robert Moore. Laurence, who is also a course facilitator for the Mankind movement which Moore was involved with, brought up the subject of the archetypes, which Moore had written about extensively, and suggested I do a series of paintings based upon four archetypes, king,warrior,magician,lover, the subject of Moore's book of the same title. As the main theme of my work is mythology and the Jungian archetypes feature so prominently in this, the suggestion was perfect. I came at the project in pretty much the same way as I did with the recent St.Stephen paintings, from a medieval angle.This gave me the idea of portraying Moore's concept of the warrior as a knight in armor, helmeted with the visor down, signifying that practically any of us could be inside that suit. That's the interesting thing about the archetypes, they can overlap and although I am in no way a Jungian, I have more than a passing interest in the archetypes and their literal and symbolical place in religious and mythological stories.

Painting the subjects Robert Moore's book has been an enriching experience and I was saddened to hear of his recent death. I heard about this just after I'd finished the four archetypes paintings, It left me thinking what a strange world we inhabit and what Moore's work means to me on a personal level. My thoughts are with his family at this time of great sadness.

Moores work on the archetypes is something which requires greater investigation through the medium of painting, take it from will be so.