Victor Rothko

Victor (2011)

Acrylic on Canvas. 24 x 36 inches. £350

After WW2, combat aircraft were increasingly powered by jet engines. Their shape became rocket like and their capabilities awesome. So during the 1950s and '60s a series of most beautiful looking and deadly machines were built and flown in readiness for another war that never happened, thankfully. It seems to me that these were the not only most wonderful pieces of engineering but also highly refined and powerful sculptures, often much better than the officially recognised forms. This and two other paintings celebrate the appearance of these planes which with hindsight seem to be both nostalgic and futuristic and certainly have a feeling of science fiction about them. I have avoided insignia  details in preference to bringing out their sensuous forms. So one one level this is schoolboy stuff but my intention is also subversive. This is not the sort of stuff which serious art should address itself to. I don't believe that anymore and neither should you.