"Republic - North American Aviation, Inglewood, California, 1942 - (after Alfred T. Palmer - Photographer)”, oil on canvas, 1505 x 1405mm, June 2014.
Exhibited in New Dunedin Painting - Brick Brothers Gallery, June 13th-26th, Dunedin.
New works for a group show in Duds.
This could be mistaken for some dingy cockey's toolshed ca. early 1950’s until you cop the half-finished canvases, oil painting kit and the dear little iPod sneaking out tunes like Duke Ellington’s old school jazz standard Take the 'A’ Train (1944) or even better, "Rumba Azul” (1938) by the Lecuona Cuban Boys.
The latter song was a favorite of Luftwaffe Ace, persistent irritator of Nazzy racists and American/Afro-Cuban Jazz fanatic Hans-Joachim Marseille (K.I.A. Western Desert 30/9/42, aged 22) - odd sometimes how you get turned on to great music.
Click the link below to hear this track.
3:18 Rumba Azul - 1938
You have to look past the de-mobbed Yankee Jeep - many of which were pressed into farm service directly after WW2 - and the trusty tractor/humble farmhand Landy to see what's really happening here.
My great-uncle Jack Crowley bought this Land Rover in 1960 and it’s been a part of our family life in Southland and Central Otago ever since.
Nothing like period vehicles, sounds and ciggies to switch you over into the right mode to attack a series based on images shot in 1943. Next up I'll be arming myself with a good bottle of sherry and a pack of Lucky’s and I'll really be lost in time & out of reach.
Seeking out new material in my backyard - Sylvan Lake - Routeburn - Mt Aspiring National Park.
The boffins who wrote the manual for the Willys Jeep in the early 1940's weren't joking when they recommended disconnecting the fan belt before fording deep water. The result of not heeding basic advice on this outing was an engine bay drenched by fan blades dipping their toes in the drink. The spark plugs live on top of this seventy one year old side valve "Go Devil" engine and are seated in their own cute little potential spa pools. They love to hold water and will short the Champions right the hell out on ya. A smoke, a toweling off and a little residual engine temperature were enough to get us underway again.
The Danish Newscasters were not wearing suitable footwear for any kind of long haul on Shanks' so it was kinda imperative I got the little chap going.