Charles Avery

The Plane of the Gods

About this artwork

In 2004 Avery began a long-term project called ‘The Islanders’, in which he describes, through a variety of media, the land and the inhabitants of an imaginary island. ‘The Plane of the Gods’ is the most popular tourist attraction of this island. It features nine deities which vary dramatically from once “unfathomable” black holes to identical twin cousins, each with their own narrative: ‘Duculi (The Indescribable)’ resembles two headless dogs joined at the neck and locked in a seemingly violent struggle with themselves and the ‘August Snakes’ with their long beards, hold an air of wisdom and have attracted a “cult following”. Avery approaches the traditional subject of religion in an unusual and somewhat humorous manner, exploring belief and how we perceive our own Gods.

  • title:
    The Plane of the Gods
  • accession number:
    GMA 4837
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  • materials:
    Mixed media
  • date created:
    2006
  • measurements:
    Figures variable, table top size 493.00 x 340.00 cm
  • credit line:
    Purchased with the Iain Paul Fund 2007
  • copyright:
    © Charles Avery. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2018.
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Charles Avery

Charles Avery