Abstract painting - Alien landscape #2 - The power of idiots

Abstract painting – Alien landscape #2 – The power of idiots
Materials: Acrylic and enamel on MDF board
Dimensions: 91 x 62 cm
Painted: 2004

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The story behind

Abstract painting – Alien landscape #2 – The power of idiots

Exactly a year later after Bert’s original encounter with the alien spaceship it returned. As before it was around midnight when Bert heard the sounds.

This time the journey was to another planet where from a planetary orbit the alien told him of a devastating war. A conflict over entitlement to resources had ended when one of the groups had used large thermonuclear weapons to attack their enemies. Craters two hundred kilometers in diameter and fifty deep were centered on huge planetary cracks. Oceans were displaced into new forms and volcanoes emerged allowing an enormous spewing out of the underlying magma. The alien explained how within ten years of the final catastrophic war, every living creature on the planet had died.

Bert was handed some artist supplies and asked to paint another alien landscape. Again Bert couldn’t be sure of how long it took, but the Alien eventually came to stand alongside the artist and examined the painting.
“That’s an incredibly beautiful painting of the power of nuclear weapons and what they can do in the hands of idiots. It’s sad to see that all too often sentient beings choose to ignore that they are lead by totally immoral idiots.”
With a tear in his eye, Bert nodded in agreement. Once again the alien set a course to return Bert to his home planet – mother Earth.


Bert strives to create beautiful art. He wants people to see the actual painted surface as being incredibly beautiful with its dense array of colourful splotches, flicks, dabs and runs.
Secondary to that is the crazy story and image behind the work.


  • Using a paintbrush to paint a stroke, dot or line
  • Flicking paint from a loaded brush
  • Using a finger to manipulate paint already on the surface
  • Dropping a droplet of paint from a brush
  • Pouring an amount of paint into a puddle
  • Tilting the board to make wet paint run across the board
  • Adding oil based paint to acrylic paint
  • Using a syringe to squirt paint in a direction
  • Using a syringe to drop a droplet of paint
  • Using a large brush to apply paint to a large area
  • Removing half dry paint off by washing painting off with a hose
  • Removing and smudging paint with a rag
  • Using a can of spray paint

Bert’s compositional approach is very much like taking a photographic image and tearing it up into small strips, shapes, confetti like circular pieces and throwing them up into the air. Only to have them fall in a completely random manner on the board. Each piece of the torn photo occupying it’s own space, and all the pieces landing in the original image space.

Bert’s abstract paintings are just a torn imaginary photograph.

From the mind of a complete and utter lunatic.

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