‘Massey’ Series 2013 / 14

The Massey Series is comprised of 13 pieces of artwork created using acrylic paint and ink on acetate, perspex and polycarbonate plastics.

This series draws on the layers of rust, mildew and peeling paint found on a rundown Massey Ferguson 135 once used on the family farm in Cork, Ireland.

The first piece of acrylic artwork was created using a (replacement) Perspex window, which came loose from the tractor and from this the inspiration for the series was derived.

The colour themes spring from West African fabrics collected by the artist over a number of years. Solid colours are purposefully used in contradiction to the corrosion and decay found on the tractor, in essence bringing the past to life.

Massey Ferguson was for much of the twentieth century the largest agricultural machinery firm in the world. Each piece in the Massey series is named after a tractor company acquired by Massey Ferguson, as well companies to which Massey Ferguson contracted work. These include: Sunshine, Landini, Ebro, Conrad-Black, Fermec, Challenger and Iseki.

Click on the images below to see and find out more about each individual piece: