12 APOSTLES OF HOLYWOOD

art: 1. For Inner Doctrine Notion; 2. The 12 Apostles of Holywood

12 APOSTLES OF HOLYWOOD, DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
The largest stone circle in Scotland, the 12 Apostles are an ellipse measuring around 250 by 270. Only 5 are still upright and there are actually 11 stones in the circle, only 4 of which are local - the rest quarried from 2 miles away. A large number of stone axes from the Lake District have been found in the vicinity of this site. There are 2 stories as to why there are only 11 stones: 1) the Ordnance Memoirs, quoting a letter in 1850, noted that an a bluespot on a drawn plan was accidentally reproduced, or 2) local tales mention that a farmer removed one stone to give access to his plough. When confronted he claimed it represented Judas anyway!
OS: NX.949.791 On the junction of the A76 and B729 a mile or so north of Dumfries, in the Southern Uplands of Scotland.


FOR INNER DOCTRINE NOTION
oil on canvas, 20" x 8", 2003, 69 -pending repairs

The title of this piece derives from fervent christians' indecisiveness about whether to claim or deride ancient sites through naming them. With the sky's tendrils reaching forth from the hills which shield the horizon over the circle, I wanted to explore the relationship of the circle and the landscape: the reason for the 12 Apostles' location. I decided on the blood red sun and cloud-colour as focus for history's continued warmongering, religious or otherwise, since the world seemed madder than usual at the time.


THE 12 APOSTLES OF HOLYWOOD
ink & charcoal, A4, 2004, NFS

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