My paintings of pencils have proved a popular subject, and recently, due to a pencil enthusiast from Germany, Gunther Schmidt, I've been featured in the Staedtler company's newsletter, "Inspiration". Click here to see to see it.
I first used this yellow pepper grinder as a subject twenty five years ago. I painted it then much larger than life. There were a series of them and the largest was about 1500x1200mm. I guess it has a certain significance for me as it was the last painting I did before leaving home. I saw the pepper grinder again recently at my parent's house and I thought it would be an interesting subject to revisit. I reminded my father that he had once thrown it at me across the room in a fit of rage, and he responded by giving me the pepper grinder to take away..! It's quite a phallic object, (although I would have been mortified to admit that in 1985), so it's interesting to compare my treatment of it today. The present painting is a tiny 75x65mm..!