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Stephen McLaren

Dalmeny, United Kingdom

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triptych
oil paint, ink and collaged cartridge paper on panel 1989
each panel measures 68cm x 100cm

This large triptych featured in my degree show way back in art school.
I was creating paintings showing massive stepped pyramids, walls and shadows. Each painting was unpopulated as though people had long abandoned the landscape.
This painting describes my feelings toward the threat and seduction of nuclear weapons.
Panel one is the silo from where warheads can be launched. Panel two is the memorial to a previous nuclear bomb and the bell in the last panel is the warning bell.
In the eighties we were fed all the fear and propaganda about nuclear threat. Whilst this threat was defined as coming from a Communist Russia, the governments of Britain and America maintained an alarm level so that teenagers like me lived with the depressing thought that we were one button away from disaster because we had a huge superpower enemy.
Now in 2011 I see our governments still adopt the constant state of alarm. Imminent threats!! Security level on high!!
George Orwell predicted all this in 1984. I am chilled at the processes and controls by which our societies are governed.
From these barren paintings came more architecture but with huge block figures populating the lanscape as tributes to humanity. My painting on Redbubble ‘Waiting on the shore’ (1992) became solely interested in the form of the blocked people and from that work a whole period of blocked people arrived. The architecture that spawned these paintings disappeared and my figurative art developed.
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