Julian's straw-people came to life in his imagination in the 1990’s when he witnessed two scarecrows appearing to conduct a conversation in a cabbage field in Norfolk. The wind caused boiler suits, filled with straw, seemed to gesticulate so convincingly. Soon, Julian had created a whole sub-strata of society in which his enchanted subjects look to recycle the objects we throw away, such as old bicycles and animal feed sacks. There is indeed a great sense of pathos and humour in seeing these imaginary folk strive, largely unsuccessfully, to fit in with human society and customs, secretly adopting behaviors they have only ever witnessed from the field.
In this drawing a ‘higher echelon’ of straw angels, appear, but only to the dog being taken for a walk. The angels have dogs too, made with jointed sticks and pesticide sacks. The smoking man in slippers is blissfully unaware of them. Heads are made from supermarket carrier bags with holes for eyes, and the make-believe dog is distinctly upstaged by meeting a real dog. Pathos intrudes here too.
Size: 44cm x 61cm (unframed)
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