The visual tradition of a stairway to heaven appears quite recent. I propose that Blake was its originator.
Job being smitten by boils, a Count left to starve to death, the ghost of a flea, and one of Blake’s most complex and enigmatic paintings: true genius.
A famous British Admiral, a former Prime Minister, Chaucer and his Canterbury pilgrims, and the last bard alive – all subjects for these remarkable paintings.
Fifty paintings of scenes from the Bible: they could easily have been so bland. Not for Blake, though, whose genius shines through.
A dozen major works, created as monoprints and then hand-painted to finish, show some of Blake’s most powerful and unique images.
He demonstrated that you can paint from your mind’s eye, however unusual your mind may be. A major influence of William Blake.
Take a couple of similes from Macbeth, and depict them word for word in a painting to express a tough abstract concept. And doesn’t it work well.
A life spent largely in poverty, working intensely, and creating some of the most innovative and visionary paintings of any artist before or since.
Just because his paintings appear so original and different, that doesn’t mean that they don’t borrow from and refer to other visual art.
Criticised as being “clumsy” as a painter, his work is nothing if not original and idiosyncratic. Is it also impossible to read?