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.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Charles AveryScottish (born 1973)
  • title:
    The Plane of the Gods
  • date created:
    2006
  • materials:
    Mixed media
  • measurements:
    Figures variable, table top size 493.00 x 340.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased with the Iain Paul Fund 2007
  • accession number:
    GMA 4837
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Charles Avery

Charles Avery