This new collection of work was born during the second Covid19 lock-down in Hoi An, Vietnam which lasted from August 5th - 28th. The effects of the pandemic were first felt in early February 2020, here in Vietnam. First, the Chinese, Koreans and Japanese were sent home and then Vietnam closed its borders to the world in March. By the end of August, after 5 months of isolation and uncertainty about our futures, the true economic consequences of Covid19 we being explained to us all and it seems that mass tourism will never be the same. In fact..... it may be over for ever.
One of the great revelations of the world lock-down is that air quality changed very quickly and wildlife flooded back in to areas previously unattractive to them because there were too many humans being too noisy and messy. Cows reclained the beaches of Spain, flying fish were seen in the river that flows through the middle of our world heritage town, birdsong could be heard and we all had time on our hands to contemplate a different future.
Almost all my life, it seems, people have been shouting about the rainforest, saving orang-utangs, saving the bees, counting the disappearing species on a daily basis and measuring air quality. I used to be a member of Greenpeace and now live in Vietnam which has lost at least 90% of its rainforest cover and the accompanying biodiversity.
With this collection, I am drawing attention to the precious wildlife of Vietnam which is threatened or only surviving in conservation projects. Decades of poverty have casued the rural Vietnamese to hunt wildlife for food and there is a general lack of understanding / lack of education, that once it has gone, it heralds the decline of the human race. Attitudes change slowly and it may be another generation before rural Vietnamese start to protect their environments in order to protect their own futures.
The Red Dream series is about imagining a better future for every living thing on this beautiful planet and it is one artist's wake up call for everyone to imagine a better, gentler future with an alternative economic system that respects all life on earth before profit.
20% of all proceeds of the sale of this collection will go to the two organisations above. Enjoy the paintings.