Garden Pool
OIL ON CANVAS. ORIGINAL SIZE 54x76 in

  • The artist remembers his early years when a garden provided a safe haven from the demands of adults, a place where miracles happened and huge red apples fell from above.
  • This quiet spot is a neatly altered landscape within a landscape, a tableau.
  • To French sociologist Roger Caillois, "man created a garden not for survival but for pleasure."

This exclusive spot nicely accommodates a game of pool. The green baize that covers the billiard table is like a canvas stretched on a frame. The repeated, intricate movement of the cue stick resembles a pattern of brush strokes on canvas.

Billiards symbolize the artist's return to the present, where playing with garden sticks is replaced with the use of pool cue, brush, and palette. The garden and the painting fulfill the same role – both evoke a sense of solitude, play, and wonder. The painting is an image within an image: the pool table fits as neatly into the garden as the present fits into the past.

For Caillois, "it is necessary to show that this is the very place where human creativity starts."

The art of painter and billiard player share a certain symbolic ritual. After a few preliminary strokes, a ball is pocketed with a final shot; a painting is finished with a crowning brush stroke. Natural materials are used in both. Accomplishment is the end result. "Done!" exclaims the artist, and a new masterpiece is born.

The joy of life and of play is upheld by the bright colors of the painting. The game aspect is supported by the figures of badminton players in the background. The trunks of the trees reveal a secret allusion to people playing pool.