Sicilian Arabesques

2003 – 2006


This series of constructed ornate paintings draw on an eclectic array of Sicilian decorative sources - continuing the tradition of the arabesque in conjuring a new ornamental hybrid.
The starting point was a particular ceiling design in Villa Niscemi (Palermo) - a quirky scheme that combines a mix of gilded geometry and floral embellishments.

Ceiling design in Villa Niscemi - Palermo

The second phase employed an asymmetrical format in the investigation of new pictorial spatial dynamics.

‘Niscemi 1’ 2003, 200 x 260 x 5.5 cm ‘Niscemi 2’ 2004, 169.5 x 119.5 x 6 cm ‘Niscemi 3’ 2004, 158.5 x 117.5 x 6 cm 'Niscemi 4' 2005, 120 x 90 x 6 cm 'Niscemi 5' 2005, 89.5 x 121 x 6 cm ‘Niscemi 6' 2005, 95 x 102 x 6 cm 'Niscemi 7' 2006, 122 x 80.5 x 6 cm ‘Niscemi 8' 2006, 102 x 106 x 6 cms ‘Niscemi 9’ 2006, 103 x 100.5 x6 cm