A few years ago I stumbled across a massive array of Fly Agaric toadstools which was something of a dream come true so I took lots of photographs and began this painting. Fly Agaric are toxic and have hallucinogenic properties and therefore I decided to regard their landscape and context in terms of these properties. I had also been doing a lot of work indirectly inspired by Syd Barrett who is famously a victim of LSD and this almost pseudo Victorian subject tied in with the revival of Victorian art in the 1960s and 1970s which I had also been researching; as well as with interests in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, pre-Raphaelitism and the aesthetic movement. It is part of a larger body of work that assesses the impact of these trends and their revival during the formative years of todays contemporary artists, on our contemporary thinking, tastes and apprehensions.

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