The Art of Peter Crawford - Major Works



'However old we become, we yet feel within ourselves that we are absolutely the same as we were when we were young.

This thing, which is unaltered and always remains absolutely the same, which does not grow old with us, is just the kernel of our inner nature, and that does not lie in time.
We are accustomed to regard the subject of knowing, 'the knowing I', as our real self. This, however, is the mere function of the brain, and is not our real self. Our true self  is that which produces that other thing, which does not sleep, when it sleeps; which also remains unimpaired when that other thing becomes extinct in death.
The Will itself is still exactly the same now as then. The Will itself, alone and by itself, endures; for it alone is unchangeable, indestructible, does not grow old, is not physical but metaphysical, does not belong to the phenomenal appearance, but to the 'thing in in itself'.'


 'Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung'
('The World as Will & Representation')
Arthur Schopenhauer






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'The Mystery of Becoming'

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background based on - Barcelona Pavilion Ludwig Mies van der Rohe




'Cleopatra's Return to Egypt'

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Santiago el Grande Surge del Mar en Las Chapas
Peter Crawford 2014

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'Los Sueños Andaluces I'
Peter Crawford 2014

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'Los Sueños Andaluces II'
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'PARSIFAL - KNIGHT of the GRAIL'
Peter Crawford - based on 'Der Bannerträger' (1935) by Hubert Lanzinger
see: http://deutschlandostmark.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/parsifal-und-die-deutsche-seele.html

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Parsifal is an opera in three acts by Richard Wagner.

It is loosely based on Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival, the 13th century epic poem of the Arthurian knight Parzival (Percival) and his quest for the Holy Grail, and on Chrétien de Troyes' Perceval, the 'Story of the Grail'.




'URLICHT'
Peter Crawford

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URLICHT

O Röschen rot!
Der Mensch liegt in größter Not!
Der Mensch liegt in größter Pein!
Je lieber möcht' ich im Himmel sein.
Da kam ich auf einen breiten Weg:
Da kam ein Engelein und wollt’ mich abweisen.
Ach nein! Ich ließ mich nicht abweisen!
Ich bin von Gott und will wieder zu Gott!
Der liebe Gott wird mir ein Lichtchen geben,
Wird leuchten mir bis in das ewig selig Leben!


From Des Knaben Wunderhorn



'EPHEBE AT THE VIRGINALS'
(in the style of Johannes Vermeer van Delft)
Peter Crawford

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'DAVID DANCING BEFORE THE ARK OF THE COVENANT'
Peter Crawford

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'THE ALLEYWAY TO THE PARK'
Peter Crawford

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'THE BOATING POOL - INWOOD PARK'
Peter Crawford

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'BATH TIME'
Peter Crawford

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'1950s MEDIA CENTRE'
Peter Crawford

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'YORK STREET - MARYLEBONE - LONDON'
Peter Crawford

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'PETER'S CHRISTMAS'
Peter Crawford

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'THE GARDEN SHED'
Peter Crawford

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'ET IN ARCADIA EGO'
Peter Crawford


Reconstruction of a memory from the 1950s.
'Gradually, as the Summer turned to Autumn the visits became more frequent, and finally Jane had to tell Peter that there would be no more visits to play with the toys, as 'Auntie' Ivy had died.
And if 'Auntie' Ivy could die, then so could Jane or John, and then what would happen to Peter ?'

"Et in Arcadia ego" is a Latin phrase that appears as the title of two paintings by Nicolas Poussin (1594–1665). They are pastoral paintings depicting idealized shepherds clustering around an austere tomb.

The translation of the phrase is "Even in Arcadia, there am I". The usual interpretation is that "I" refers to death, and "Arcadia" means a utopian land. 

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'THE VISITORS IN LONDON'
Peter Crawford

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'VIEW FROM THE BEDROOM WINDOW'
Peter Crawford

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'BEDROOM VISITORS IN THE DARK'
Peter Crawford
   
It was then that Peter realized that they were not birds but small 'people', about the same size as he was, but with big heads and very big eyes, and it must have been the eyes that had made him think initially that they were owls – or perhaps they had disguised themselves as owls. 
These little people were extremely thin and in the dim glow of the night-light appeared to be greyish in colour.
At first they just sat and stood around, looking at Peter with their huge, dark eyes. Later they started to play and dance around in a strangely stiff, awkward manner. 
Initially Peter was terrified, but as the nights passed he realized that the visitors meant him no harm. 

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'BEDROOM VISITORS'
Peter Crawford
   
It was then that Peter realized that they were not birds but small 'people', about the same size as he was, but with big heads and very big eyes, and it must have been the eyes that had made him think initially that they were owls – or perhaps they had disguised themselves as owls. 
These little people were extremely thin and in the dim glow of the night-light appeared to be greyish in colour.
At first they just sat and stood around, looking at Peter with their huge, dark eyes. Later they started to play and dance around in a strangely stiff, awkward manner. 
Initially Peter was terrified, but as the nights passed he realized that the visitors meant him no harm. 

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'INVADERS FROM MARS'
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'SUBURBAN DREAMING'
Peter Crawford

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'SEPTEMBER'
Peter Crawford
  
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Der Garten trauert,
kühl sinkt in die Blumen der Regen.
Der Sommer schauert
still seinem Ende entgegen.
Golden tropft Blatt um Blatt
nieder vom hohen Akazienbaum.
Sommer lächelt erstaunt und matt
In den sterbenden Gartentraum.
Lange noch bei den Rosen
bleibt er stehn, sehnt sich nach Ruh.
Langsam tut er
die müdgeword'nen Augen zu.


Hermann Hesse - Vier letzte Lieder - Richard Strauss
   
 The garden is mourning,
cool drops of rain fall on the flowers.
 Summer shudders
 as it meets its end.

 Golden leaf upon leaf drops 
 down from the lofty acacia.
 Summer smiles, astonished and feeble,
 in the dying garden's dream.

 Long by the roses
he stands, yearning for peace.
 And slowly he closes his
weary eyes.


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'DECO DREAMING'
Peter Crawford

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'HEAVENLLY STAR SPANGLED NIGHT'
Peter Crawford

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'Aus Parsifal Ich habe meine Religion geschaffen'
(Out of Parsifal I have created my Religion)
Peter Crawford

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'2013 SUMMER - I'
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'OLYMPIC SUMMER 2012 - LONDON'
Peter Crawford

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LONDON CHRISTMAS - 2012
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'SUMMER of 2012 - LONDON'
Peter Crawford

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'OUR LADY of FATIMA and the ANGEL of PEACE'
(Milagre do Sol)

Peter Crawford
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The Fatima UFO Hypothesis is a theory that the 'Miracle of the Sun at Fatima' was a UFO incident. Many UFO researchers including Jacques Vallee, Joaquim Fernandes and Fina d'Armada have expressed the theory. Jacques Vallee first expressed it in the sixties.

On October 13th 50,000 to 70,000 people gathered at Cova da Iria to observe the alleged miracle. Someone counted over 100 cars and over 100 bicycles and there were more that lined the road. This included a diverse group of people including city people, Professors, farmers, house wives, atheists and Christians. the population of Portugal was about 72% illiterate at that time. Many of the witnesses claimed they saw a disc; others said it was the sun. The object appeared to come down to the crowd well within the Earth's atmosphere. This could also be seen from several surrounding towns in different directions including Alburitel, Minde, Aljustrel, Leira and Torres Novas. Most of the witnesses from these towns claimed they saw the object in the direction of Cova da Iria. Dr Joao Lopes Pires concluded that if this object moved it couldn't have been the sun since it would have affected the orbits of the planets and it would have been seen all over the world not just in Fatima.




AMERICAN DREAMS I - (2011)
Peter Crawford

Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Black Cadillac, Jefferson Memorial

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AMERICAN DREAMS II - (2011)
Peter Crawford

Natalie Wood, Elvis Presley, Pink Cadillac, Captain America, Jefferson Memorial 

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AMERICAN DREAMS III - (2012)
'Winter Wonderland'
Peter Crawford

White Cadillac, Stars and Stripes Neoclassical Mansion

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'Daydream Believer' (2011)
(sung by Davy Jones - the Monkees)

Peter Crawford

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Oh, I could hide 'neath the wings
Of the bluebird as she sings.
The six o'clock alarm would never ring.
But it rings and I rise,
Wipe the sleep out of my eyes.
My shavin' razor's cold and it stings.

Cheer up, Sleepy Jean.
Oh, what can it mean.
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen.

You once thought of me
As a white knight on a steed.
Now you know how happy I can be.
Oh, and our good times start and end
Without dollar one to spend.
But how much, baby, do we really need.

Cheer up, Sleepy Jean.
Oh, what can it mean.
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen.
Cheer up, Sleepy Jean.
Oh, what can it mean.
To a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen.




'Portrait of Charles Windsor'
2012

Peter Crawford

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'FOR THE FALLEN' - 2012
Peter Crawford

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'Solemn the drums thrill; Death, august and royal 
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres, 
There is music in the midst of desolation, 
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

But where our desires are - and our hopes profound, 
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight, 
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known 
As the stars are known to the Night; 

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust, 
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain; 
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness, 
To the end, to the end, they remain.'
Robert LaurenceBinyon




'REMEMBERANCE DAY'
Peter Crawford - 2011

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'TEENAGE DREAMS'
(Die Träume der Jugend)
Peter Crawford - 1964 

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'FIRST ELEGY'
(Erste elegie)

Peter Crawford - 2011 

There beneath the tree,
The tree with blossoms laden.
Beneath the Summer sky -
Oppressive sky, cloud-domed.
There it came to me,
Like the rush of the sea, cloud foamed,
A dream of lilac blue.
A dream so bitter sweet.
A dream that e'er we meet,
Dies in the beauty of the night
and fades in unwanted dawn.
Oh endless night,
Let not the dawn wake us,
And let not the morning's cruel light
Wake us from our dreams -
But let us dream our dream;
Our dream of lilac blue,
That says, 'no longer be',
Softly now to you.
Peter Crawford - 2011

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'To The Fearless Boy - So Long Ago'
(Der furchtlose junge)

Peter Crawford - 2011

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Where have those days gone ?
The days of long ago.
The days of endless summer,
Half real - and half a dream.

Of Indians stalking 'cross the plain.
Of deserts swept by sand-filled winds,
Of endless tracts of star-filled space,
And alien foes as yet unseen.

Of 'Tizer' drunk in secret 'camps',
And 'sherbert-dabs' and sticky gum,
Of 'penny caps', and cowboy hats
And sweet, quick-melting, soft ice-cream.

Melted away in endless years,
Those dreams disolve in adult's dawning.
Yet still, in the stillness of the night,
Those sweet, young dreams return.

And for those, who still can dream,
That fierce, bold child shall never die,
And in those tracts of star-filled space,
The boyish grin, once more is born,

And smiles forever on.
Peter Crawford - 2011
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'Schrödinger's Kitten'
(Das kätzchen von Schrödinger)

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If Schrödinger's cat had been a kitten, could he have contemplated his thought experiment ? After all, a dead/alive cat is one thing, but dead kittens are really unnacceptable.
With no cat could there have been the 'uncertainty principle' ?
Perhaps Heisenberg would have just stuck with composing music.
And so no quantum physics - which would mean that your mobile phone wouldn't work !

Erwin Rudolf Josef Alexander Schrödinger

12 August 1887 – 4 January 1961) was a physicist and theoretical biologist who was one of the fathers of quantum mechanics, and is famed for a number of important contributions to physics, especially the Schrödinger equation, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1933. In 1935, after extensive correspondence with personal friend Albert Einstein, he proposed the Schrödinger's cat thought experiment.

Werner Heisenberg

(5 December 1901 – 1 February 1976) was a German theoretical physicist who made foundational contributions to quantum mechanics and is best known for asserting the uncertainty principle of quantum theory. In addition, he made important contributions to nuclear physics, quantum field theory, and particle physics.
Heisenberg, along with Max Born and Pascual Jordan, set forth the matrix formulation of quantum mechanics in 1925. Heisenberg was awarded the 1932 Nobel Prize in Physics for the creation of quantum mechanics, and its application especially to the discovery of the allotropic forms of hydrogen.
Following World War II, he was appointed director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physics, which was soon thereafter renamed the Max Planck Institute for Physics. He was director of the institute until it was moved to Munich in 1958, when it was expanded and renamed the Max Planck Institute for Physics and Astrophysics.
Heisenberg was also president of the German Research Council, chairman of the Commission for Atomic Physics, chairman of the Nuclear Physics Working Group, and president of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Albert Einstein

14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of general relativity, effecting a revolution in physics. For this achievement, Einstein is often regarded as the father of modern physics He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect". The latter was pivotal in establishing quantum theory within physics.

The kitten is called 'Snoops'

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'Alan Turing and the Apple' (2011)
Peter Crawford

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Alan Mathison Turing, OBE, FRS ( 23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954), was an English mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist.
He was highly influential in the development of computer science, providing a formalisation of the concepts of "algorithm" and "computation" with the Turing machine, which played a significant role in the creation of the modern computer.
Turing is widely considered to be the father of computer science and artificial intelligence.
Turing's homosexuality resulted in a criminal prosecution in 1952, when homosexual acts were still illegal in the United Kingdom.
He accepted treatment with female hormones (chemical castration) as an alternative to prison. He died in 1954, just over two weeks before his 42nd birthday, from cyanide poisoning after eating a poisoned apple.
An inquest determined it was suicide.
On 10 September 2009, following an Internet campaign, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown made an official public apology on behalf of the British government for the way in which Turing was treated after the war.
Alan Turing's favourite fairytale was 'Snowhite' - hence the apple a symbol classically used to represent forbidden love, the cause of Snowhite's sleep - and the means of Turing's own death - and perhaps the song 'Someday my Prince will come" from the Disney cartoon sums up Turing's emotional life - his hopeless wait for the return of Christopher.

The logo of Apple computer is often referred to as a tribute to Alan Turing, with the bite mark a reference to his method of suicide.
Both the designer of the logo and the company deny that there is any homage to Turing in the design of the logo - but then they would !

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'ENTHRONED AMONG THE BILLOWS'

Peter Crawford 2011

'Truth and Right and Freedom,
each a holy gem,
Stars of solemn brightness,
weave thy diadem.
'Tho thy way be darken'd,
still in splendour drest,

As the star that trembles
o'er the liquid West.
Thron'd amid the billows,
thron'd inviolate,

Thou hast reign'd victorious,
thou hast smil'd at fate.'
A C BENSON

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'The Spear of Destiny'
(Den Speer des Schicksals)

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The Holy Lance (also known as the Spear of Destiny, Holy Spear, Lance of Longinus, Spear of Longinus or Spear of Christ) is the name given to the lance that pierced Jesus's side as he hung on the cross in John's account of the Crucifixion.
The Holy Roman Emperors had a lance of their own, attested from the time of Otto I (912-973).
In 1000 Otto III gave Boleslaw I of Poland a replica of the Lance at the Congress of Gniezno. In 1084 Henry IV had a silver band with the inscription "Nail of Our Lord" added to it. This was based on the belief that this was the lance of Constantine the Great which enshrined a nail used for the Crucifixion. In 1273 it was first used in the coronation ceremony.
Around 1350 Charles IV had a golden sleeve put over the silver one, inscribed "Lancea et clavus Domini" (Lance and nail of the Lord).
In 1424 Sigismund had a collection of relics, including the lance, moved from his capital in Prague to his birth place, Nuremberg, and decreed them to be kept there forever.
This collection was called the Reichskleinodien or Imperial Regalia.
When the French Revolutionary army approached Nuremberg in the spring of 1796 the city councilors decided to remove the Reichskleinodien to Vienna for safe keeping.
The collection was entrusted to one "Baron von Hügel", who promised to return the objects as soon as peace had been restored and the safety of the collection assured. However, the Holy Roman Empire was disbanded in 1806 and the Reichskleinodien remained in the keeping of the Habsburgs. When the city councilors asked for the Reichskleinodien back, they were refused.
As part of the imperial regalia it was kept in the Imperial Treasury Schatzkammer (Vienna), and was known as the lance of Saint Maurice.
During the Anschluss, when Austria was annexed to Germany, the Reichskleinodien were returned to Nuremberg and afterwards hidden. They were found by invading U.S. troops and returned to Austria by American General George S. Patton after World War II.

In his opera 'Parsifal', Richard Wagner identifies the Holy Spear with two items that appear in Wolfram von Eschenbach's medieval poem Parzival, a bleeding spear in the Castle of the Grail and the spear that has wounded the Fisher King.
The opera's plot concerns the consequences of the spear's loss by the Knights of the Grail and its recovery by Parsifal. Having decided that the blood on the Spear was that of the wounded Saviour - Christ is never named in the opera - Wagner has the blood manifest itself in the Grail rather than on the spearhead.
In this way the spear is linked to the Holy Grail.

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'NORDIC DREAMS'
Peter Crawford 2012

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http://www.scribd.com/doc/87828095/Aryan-Nordic-Mythology


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'ERLÖSUNG DEM ERLÖSER'
(Redeemed is the Redeemer - Parsifal)
Peter Crawford 2012

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'THEDA BARA as CLEOPATRA I'
(with thanks to Marilyn Monroe)
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'THEDA BARA as CLEOPATRA II'
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'CLEOPATRA'
(with thanks to Marilyn Monroe)
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'Joseph Smith and the Mormon Church'
Peter Crawford 2012

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