Deception is a large and somewhat tongue in cheek catastrophe of a painting. It was a really fun image to make and contains a whole series of symbols relating to the life we are told we live in and the life we later discover. There's a city in flames, there is a conveyor belt transporting workers into factories, and centrally there is a besuited figure with the spirit of freedom within dried like an old fox skin caught upon a barbed wire fence. There's hope too, with a hand shaped filament in the beacon of the lighthouse, and the colours of a beautiful world.
It was made by an ambitious young man returning to the Australian studio having been forever altered by the lessons Europe on a shoestring and coming of age has to offer.