This painting is from 'The Catalyst Series', a collection of about fifty paintings concerned with and inspired by recovery after an illness. He sees this as a magical time, when appreciation of the senses are heightened to an extraordinary degree.
On his process, Gilvan-Cartright remarks that, “in order to find a link between my work in the studio as a painter and my performances as The Baron Gilvan I began to ask myself what sort of paintings would The Baron make. This creates the vehicle from which to make my work. I make my paintings instinctively and look for them to fizz as both luscious and decrepit to feel epic and frail, beautiful and grotesque. I want them to have a physical presence, a visual pull that will make me want to return and see them again.
“Paintings for me need to explore rapturous, dark and hallucinogenic spaces yet reveal ambiguity. Aesthetically they need to be intense, sparkling and jewel-like. I intend to find something that changes from an image to something becoming embedded in the mind.”
Chris Gilvan-Cartwright studied at Central Saint Martins in London and Cracow Academy of Fine Arts in Poland. In 1997 he won the Royal Over Seas League travel bursary to India and Nepal. He is often credited under his alter ego, "The Baron Gilvan".