Welcome, weary urban wanderer, to the Gallery of Abundance. If you feel worn down by the constant contemporary mantra of “Achieve! What you have is not enough! Work harder for more!” then you have come to the right place. In these halls, you will find images of Abundance, designed to remind you that you are enough. You have enough. Go outside, into the sunshine, where there is plenty. Even in desolate places, there is life. You are enough.
In fact, the very first art human beings made were in veneration of our ability to procreate, ensuring an abundance of children.
40 000 BCE
Cornucopia – the plenty of the harvest.
Allegory of Abundance
Chalk on Paper
Reaping from the overflow provided by the earth.
Wheat Field Behind Saint-Paul Hospital with a Reaper
Vincent van Gogh
Oil on canvas
59.5 x 72.5 cm.
Teeming with fish.
Digital Painting on Canvas
29.750 x 20.000 “
Millais reminds us to take for ourselves an abundance of rest.
John Everett Millais
Oil on Mahogany Wood
59.7 x 49.5 cm
Can we let our minds go free and dream abundantly, the only limits self-imposed?
Acrylic on Canvas
60 x 46 “
Celebrate the female body’s ability to provide.
74.3 x 52.1 x 39.4 cm
A skull usually represents death, but here, juxtaposed with a flower, hovering over the desert, it points to the indestructible life-force that will persist even in the most unlikely circumstances, the clouds in the background pregnant with the rain that we just know will transform the desert into a lush, green, teeming paradise.
Ram’s Head with Hollyhock
But these images of abundance come with a strict warning – although there is enough to go around, there is not more than that. There is not enough for un-whetted greed. Africa’s forests are burning, and the snow is visibly melting.
Kilimanjaro – Southern Glaciers, 1898
mixed media on canvas, with inkjet print taken from the earliest known photograph of the glaciers, and lines of poured ash from the ash cone of Kilimanjaro itself
230 x 140 cm
Perhaps, reminded of the abundance already around us, our greed may subside enough to prevent a total collapse.