For a long time I had wanted to paint a picture that you could hang up on a wall any which way, a rotating universe with no ups or downs. I projected it as a sort of painted musical comedy movie with a sanskrit swinging cast of thousands, starring Marilyn Monroe, Anita Ekberg, Ray Charles, Pablo Picasso, Brigitte Bardot, Roland Kirk, Cannonball Adderly, Ahmed Abdul Malik, Wonderwoman, Delacroix's girl in the cemetry, Litri and his bullshit fighters, Florence of Arabia, Socrates, Dali, Rama, Vishnu, Ganesh, the Zork and a Milky Way of playmates. It was 1962 and I had a special crush on Marilyn.
The inner circle is a mirror image of the outer. This painting featured in the 2007 'Summer of Love' exhibition, organised by the Tate Liverpool, which also visited the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. The title is a reference to Blake:
To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.
(William Blake, "Auguries of Innocence")
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