"Diana and Callisto", oil on canvas, 25x36", Charlie Kirkham 2015.

Diana and Callisto

I love mythology and story telling. Lately, having been spending a lot of time working from History Paintings in the National Gallery, I have tried to approach my own work in a new way. The idea behind this painting comes from Ovid’s Metamorphosis. It’s quite a complicated story so I have reproduced it below: Often, as Jupiter came and went, he would stop short at the sight of Callisto, a girl from Nonacris, feeling the fire take in the very marrow of his bones… she was one of Diana’s companions…Jupiter, seeing her there weary and unprotected, said ‘Here, surely, my wife will…

"The Swineherd's Yellow Fox: Detail", 170x23cm, Acrylic & Ink on paper, Charlie Kirkham 2013.

The Swineherd’s Yellow Fox (detail)

Based entirely on the poem “The Swineherd” by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin (also used as inspiration here). The detail above shows part of the 170cm long work on paper. I wanted to incorporate a lot of repeating motifs and I liked the idea of the yellow fox literally hiding and reappearing.