Triceratops Postcards – A6 size
Special Edition Triceratops Postcards (14.8 x 10.5 cm), hand numbered and hand signed are now available. An ink drawing of the Triceratops occupies the front and on the reverse is a short description of a Triceratops with a section for a stamp and address. As most of the content of this website is of a premium nature I thought it would be good to offer a limited edition at a very affordable price.
Bearing a large bony frill and three horns on its large four-legged body, and possessing similarities with the modern rhinoceros, Triceratops is one of the most recognizable of all dinosaurs and the best known ceratopsid. It shared the landscape with and was probably preyed upon by Tyrannosaurus, though it is less certain that the two did battle in the manner often depicted in traditional museum displays and popular images.
The functions of the frills and three distinctive facial horns on its head have long inspired debate. Traditionally, these have been viewed as defensive weapons against predators. More recent theories, noting the presence of blood vessels in the skull bones of ceratopsids, find it more probable that these features were primarily used in identification, courtship and dominance displays, much like the antlers and horns of modern reindeer, mountain goats, or rhinoceros beetles. The theory would find additional support if Torosaurus was found to be the mature form of Triceratops, as this would mean the frill also developed holes (fenestrae) as individuals reached maturity, rendering the structure more useful for display than defense.
Summer in Scotland – Sunshine Pouring onto the Mountains
Summer in Scotland is a depiction of Scotland through rain and shine. Even the sun is raining onto the ‘divine’ mountains and pours onto the arable pasture.
Flowers of Ascension No.1 – Pollination
Flowers of Ascension No.1
Flowers of Ascension No.1 , is a 24″ x 24″ acrylic on canvas painting which magnifies the abundance of pollen in the air that affects so many people in high summer. The black board keeps our attention focused on the myriad of particles trapped in the painting.
The Flowers of Ascension represent flower like energies rising to Paradise after death.
Flowers of Ascension No.2
Flowers of Ascension No.2
Flowers of Ascension No.2 is 50cm x 50cm, box framed acrylic painting of a fantasy of flowers and forms a pair along side Flowers of Ascension No.3 also 50cm x 50cm.
The Flowers of Ascension represent flower like energies rising to Paradise after death..
Flowers of Ascension No.4
Flowers of Ascension No.4
This is a 46cm x 36cm medium sized acrylic that forms part of the Flowers of Ascension series. The exciting development with the Flowers of Ascension series is that they are available as silk scarves, pocket squares, and ladies tops from my partners Vida in California.
Patti Smith striking one of her iconic poses. This painting was created after visiting an old friend a Patti Smith die hard, Debbi Marshal. The 1m x 1m acrylic uses Signal Black and white for the background and Paynes Grey and white for the subject.
Patricia Lee “Patti” Smith (born December 30, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist who became a highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses.
Called the “punk poet laureate”, Smith fused rock and poetry in her work. Smith’s most widely known song is “Because the Night”, which was co-written with Bruce Springsteen. The song reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978. In 2005, Patti Smith was named a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture, and in 2007, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On November 17, 2010, she won the National Book Award for her memoir Just Kids. The book fulfilled a promise she had made to her former long-time roommate and partner, Robert Mapplethorpe. In Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Artists published in December 2010, she was in 47th place. She is also a recipient of the 2011 Polar Music Prize.
Birthday Boy – Bacon Roll
Birthday Boy – Bacon Roll
‘Birthday Boy – Bacon Roll’ is a small 20cm (w) x 28cm (H), self portrait translated from a photograph of my own son on his birthday. His birthday made me aware for the first time of the precious and all consuming love that one feels for ones children. The portrait I show here is ‘Bacon-ised’. (an homage to Francis Bacon’s distorted figures). I painted it as a bleak contrast to the photos of the birth of my own son. (see also the paintings of my son as ‘Dorian Grey.’)
The Rose Bud Vampire
‘The Rose Bud Vampire’ ‘The Rose Bud Vampire’ is an acrylic painting drawn on a 18in x 14in stretched canvas. The work comprises primary yellow, primary cyan and primary magenta, with all the other colours being generated by the mixing of these three with water. The vampire, wearing Skull Candy, Hesh 2, head phones, is turning and calling to a vampire skeleton dog. The piece was painted on the 5th March 2016 in my hospital room … Read More
The Alan Mathison Turing Test -11101111000
The portrait of Alan Turing is not for sale for anything less than the asking price. The proceeds of the sale of this piece will go towards mental health, student and gay support charities.
Alan Mathison Turing, OBE, FRS (23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954) was a British pioneering computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, mathematical biologist, and marathon and ultra distance runner. He was highly influential in the development of computer science, providing a formalisation of the concepts of algorithm and computation with the Turing machine, which can be considered a model of a general purpose computer. Turing is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence.
During the Second World War, Turing worked for the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) at Bletchley Park, Britain’s codebreaking centre. For a time he led Hut 8, the section responsible for German naval cryptanalysis. He devised a number of techniques for breaking German ciphers, including improvements to the pre-war Polish bombe method, an electromechanical machine that could find settings for the Enigma machine. Turing played a pivotal role in cracking intercepted coded messages that enabled the Allies to defeat the Nazis in many crucial engagements, including the Battle of the Atlantic; it has been estimated that this work shortened the war in Europe by as many as two to four years.
After the war, he worked at the National Physical Laboratory, where he designed the ACE, among the first designs for a stored-program computer. In 1948 Turing joined Max Newman’s Computing Laboratory at the University of Manchester, where he helped develop the Manchester computers and became interested in mathematical biology. He wrote a paper on the chemical basis of morphogenesis, and predicted oscillating chemical reactions such as the Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction, first observed in the 1960s.
Turing was prosecuted in 1952 for homosexual acts, when such behaviour was still a criminal act in the UK. He accepted treatment with oestrogen injections (chemical castration) as an alternative to prison. Turing died in 1954, 16 days before his 42nd birthday, from cyanide poisoning. An inquest determined his death a suicide, but it has been noted that the known evidence is equally consistent with accidental poisoning. In 2009, following an Internet campaign, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown made an official public apology on behalf of the British government for “the appalling way he was treated”. Queen Elizabeth II granted him a posthumous pardon in 2013.
Professor John Nash and Company
John Forbes Nash (1928 – 2015)
The following text is from Wikipedia.
John Forbes Nash. (June 13, 1928 – May 23, 2015) was an American mathematician with fundamental contributions in game theory, differential geometry, and partial differential equations. Nash’s work has provided insight into the factors that govern chance and decision making inside complex systems found in daily life.
His theories are used in economics, computing, evolutionary biology, artificial intelligence, accounting, computer science, games of skill, politics and military theory. Serving as a Senior Research Mathematician at Princeton University during the latter part of his life, he shared the 1994 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences with game theorists Reinhard Selten and John Harsanyi. In 2015, he was awarded the Abel Prize for his work on nonlinear partial differential equations.
In 1959, John Nash began showing clear signs of mental illness, and spent several years at psychiatric hospitals being treated for paranoid schizophrenia. After 1970, his condition slowly improved, allowing him to return to academic work by the mid-1980s. His struggles with his illness and his recovery became the basis for Sylvia Nasar’s biography, A Beautiful Mind, as well as a film of the same name.
Je Suis Parasaurolophus
Je Suis Parasaurolophus
Dinosaurs are available at all scales, bespoke to your room.
Parasaurolophus meaning “near crested lizard” in reference to Saurolophus, is a genus of ornithopod dinosaur that lived in what is now North America during the Late Cretaceous Period, about 76.5–73 million years ago. It was a herbivore that walked both as a biped and a quadruped. Three species are recognized: P. walkeri (the type species), P. tubicen, and the short-crested P. cyrtocristatus. Remains are known from Alberta (Canada), and New Mexico and Utah (USA). The genus was first described in 1922 by William Parks from a skull and partial skeleton found in Alberta.
Parasaurolophus was a hadrosaurid, part of a diverse family of Cretaceous dinosaurs known for their range of bizarre head adornments. This genus is known for its large, elaborate cranial crest, which at its largest forms a long curved tube projecting upwards and back from the skull. Charonosaurus from China, which may have been its closest relative, had a similar skull and potentially a similar crest. Visual recognition of both species and sex, acoustic resonance, and thermoregulation have been proposed as functional explanations for the crest. It is one of the rarer hadrosaurids, known from only a handful of good specimens.
The works illustrated on this site span a time from the early 1990’s when Mat was producing mostly small, pencil and ink detailed pieces to the present day when he has branched out into acrylics, photographic manipulation, scratch plates, collage, water colours, nudes, landscapes, portraits, industrial scenes, oil rigs and themed abstractions.