The "BATTLE OF THE SOUL" Collection

 

The "Battle of the Soul" is centred around 14 historically controversial, widely-known and talked about, concepts derived from the seven sins and the seven virtues. The collection is meant to reflect my own experiences throughout the realm of Forms,  raising the question of whether any one side can ever be chosen at all.


(see Plato’s Theory of Forms)



Living in and travelling throughout  the world has prompted me, as an artist, to ask the same question again and again, "What is this battle?" This collection is all about feelings of taboo vs normality, good vs evil, weakness vs power, and what we all interpret as sin vs virtue.


In the summer of 2011, the entire 14 piece collection made its debut in Bulgaria's capitol city of Sofia. The remaining ten original paintings were then moved to London, where several more years would pass before debuting four new (unfinished) paintings from the same collection but under a new series called, REBIRTH. This exhibition was held in Shoreditch, London, UK — at London HOUSE Studio on August 26th, 2016. 


Shortly after my London exhibition, all 14 paintings from the “Battle of the Soul” collection were moved to New York City, to a boutique studio in Brooklyn Heights where the four unfinished paintings from the REBIRTH series would be finalised--thus once again, completing the collection.


Currently,  two new series from Battle of the Soul have commenced. One entitled, METAMORPHOSIS and the another entitled, CONTINUUM.


My desires and aspirations for this entire Battle of the Soul collection (and its subsequent series) has reached a new peak. Every painting in this ongoing collection is created with a message. Each message identifies and connects us to the very threads of our human race.



2019

THE ASSEMBLAGE :

Battle of the Soul | Metamorphosis



2019

WHITE SPACE CHELSEA :
Battle of the Soul | Continuum


2018

SAATCHI ART :

Battle of the Soul | Metamorphosis


2016

LONDON HOUSE STUDIO :

Battle of the Soul | Rebirth 


LONDON HOUSE STUDIO :

Press Coverage by Backstage Tales


LONDON HOUSE STUDIO :

Press Coverage by Be Your Own


2011

BULGARIA DEBUT :

Battle of the Soul | Origin

info
info
1. PRIDE (sold)


2. PRIDE II — Rebirth




Some have asked, “When did it become something we should live or die for?” Others have said, "Without it, we are nothing."
There are no lines drawn between these colours – only our desire to search, instead of simply seeing, this multi-coloured canvas.
Would it not be lovely to just exist, with no lines, borders or rifts? Multi-cultural and freely talented, we were all meant as individual gifts. So, let us not be criticised and penalised for any combination of colours that we choose to, or choose not to, identify with.
Pride appears when its virtue’s Form, equality, is absent.

Size : 130 x 150 cm (5 x 4 ft)Medium : Acrylic on canvas
info
HUMILITY


It is Pride's virtue. Humility transforms the colourfully loud (yet lifeless) into something solidly gold (yet priceless).

It glows, not of superiority, but of honour and solidarity, humbly achieving grace and passing it on.

Its Form is equality – in every sense of the word.


Size : 130 x 150 cm (5 x 4 ft)
Medium : Acrylic on canvas
info
ENVY


It drains the colour even from rainbows, storing it just within reach behind us. So, instead of looking forward, we all are lost beside ourselves, looking backwards.

We have a purpose – to embrace our rainbows, keeping them upright and colour full.

Envy appears when its virtue’s Form, beauty, is absent.


Size : 130 x 150 cm (5 x 4 ft)
Medium : Acrylic on canvas
info
ADMIRATION


It is Envy’s virtue. Admiration of others, from a distance, shows mostly an unclear picture of what truly is. However, when we admire from up close, and maybe a little bit nearer, we begin to see our own reflection taking shape. 

In the beauty of others dearer, we find the appearance of ourselves much clearer.

Its Form is beauty – in every sense of the word.


Size : 150 x 130 cm (4 x 5 ft)
Medium : Acrylic on canvas
info
GREED
GREED III — Metamorphosis

Even at gold it scratches, only wanting something finer as it wildly hunts for the very treasure it has ravaged – yet, bound for nothing better.

Greed appears when its virtue’s Form, unconditional love, is absent.

Size : 130 x 150 cm (5 x 4 ft)
Medium : Acrylic on canvas
GENEROSITY


It is Greed’s virtue. In generosity’s true spirit, one never knows who is the giver, nor who is the receiver. It is forever unknown who is the greater beneficiary, forever unknown for whom the well has been most filled.

The hand of generosity is not black nor is it white, not left nor right, and not a thing is left unresolved, other than that which seeks its just cause.

Its Form is love – in every sense of the word, unconditionally.


Size : 130 x 150 cm (5 x 4 ft) Medium : Acrylic on canvas
info
LUST


It captures the absolute, dream state passion that comes from the pursuit of well justified, instant gratification. It's the only thing your eyes can visualise – when they are closed.

Lust appears when its virtue’s Form, purity, is absent.


Size : 100 x 150 cm (3.25 x 5 ft)
Medium : Acrylic on canvas
info
CHASTITY


It is Lust's virtue. As the heat of passion is tamed, it takes on the form of cooling lava hit with an open air of reality or drenched on the shores of an ocean. Chastity cools instantly, protecting burning desire just beneath the surface.

Its Form is purity – in every sense of the word.


Size : 100 x 150 cm (3.25 x 5 ft)
Medium : Acrylic on canvas
info
GLUTTONY


Gluttony reflects the slow decay of mind, body and spirit – in direct consequence of many overindulgent lifestyles, thoughts and habits that we as individuals, of all walks of life, somehow consider normal.

Gluttony appears when its virtue’s Form, restriction, is absent.


Size : 100 x 150 cm (3.25 x 5 ft)
Medium : Acrylic on canvas
ABSTINENCE

It is Gluttony's virtue. Abstinence is somewhat of a tattered blank canvas for each of our seven sins. Its restraint slowly washes away the gluttonous wantons and too-toos within us, whilst making room for a reasonable and seasonable apprentice.
Its Form is restriction – in every sense of the word.

Size : 130 x 150 cm (5 x 4 ft) Medium : Acrylic on canvas
info
info

1. SLOTH (sold)


2. SLOTH II — Rebirth



Sloth, like a town gone up in flames, tells a short story of the ‘do-nothing’ scenarios in which non-action has been justified by the action of others.

Sloth appears when its virtue’s Form, ascendancy, is absent.


Size : 100 x 150 cm (3.25 x 5 ft)
Medium : Acrylic on canvas
info
DILIGENCE


It is Sloth’s virtue. To quote the film, Benjamin Button, “Some people were born to sit by a river. Some get struck by lightning. Some have an ear for music. Some are artists. Some swim. Some know buttons. Some know Shakespeare. Some are mothers. And some people, dance.”

We all have a gift which runs on diligence. It survives by and remains through itself. Even though we may not always explicitly see it on the road in which we travel, those of us who attain success are never without it.

Its Form is ascendancy – in every sense of the word.


Size : 150 x 130 cm (4 x 5 ft)
Medium : Acrylic on canvas
info
info
info
info
1. PATIENCE (sold)
2. PATIENCE II — Rebirth (sold)
3. PATIENCE III — Metamorphosis (sold)

It is Rage's virtue. We have all heard the phrase, "Just count to 10." Patience is not idle, nor should it be thin. Every moment passed is a second to be counted. It does not spell surrender, but it does mean we must always remember... what it is we’re standing for.

Only then, when we step back to see the big picture, do we forget the numbers and become our own victor.
Its Form is purpose – in every sense of the word.

Size : 130 x 150 cm (5 x 4 ft)
Medium : Acrylic on canvas
info
info

1. RAGE (sold)


2. RAGE II — Rebirth



It depicts one of our universe’s most powerful emotions. Rage can either save us or destroy us.

It is so powerful that, unlike other particulars, it has the ability to show up for both causes.

Rage appears regardless the presence or absence of its virtue’s Form, purpose.


Size : 100 x 150 cm (3.25 x 5 ft)

Medium : Acrylic on canvas
Using Format