NICHOLAS DOLPHIN, B.A. (Hons), M.Sc.
On the surface, and from the melting pot of many influences (see the Biography section), I paint local and inter-planetary landscapes, dreamscapes and imaginal journeys, as well as portraits. I start with a concept or an object or a few lines, then I paint from somewhere undefined within myself - keeping at the gate my rational/directive mind as much as possible and with varying measures of success.
When I stand back from what I have painted, I am always surprised by what I see, at how the images have arisen and how they appear - and I learn another piece of myself. I am never sure of their precise meanings; I leave this up to the viewer. The titles give just one way of looking at the paintings, and I enjoy being surprised by people’s interpretations of them.
To embrace the concept of the undefined origin of the paintings, their many influences and possible meanings, I invite your perceptions and interpretations. For example, you may be interested in the design and colour, the historical background, the intention of the artist, the subconscious of the artist, your own subconscious and mental frameworks, and so on.
You will find some of my remembered influences in the Biography section, but I would particularly value learning about your perceptions and the possible meanings you find in my paintings. As I would like to make a compilation of them, please contact me with your thoughts via the Feedback page.