My brother, Peter McDonald, is currently showing new paintings at Kate MacGarry gallery in London. The exhibition is running 14 January 2005 - 20 February 2005. Continuing his recent series of paintings which depict various types of performance or people doing things in front of an audience, in this, his first one person exhibition in London, Peter is showing a number of works which show scenes of teaching or lecturing. Broad arcs of colour outline his customary androgynous people with large, inflated heads (or are they hair styles, helmets?). Simple tactics are employed to merge subject matter with the materials of painting or add multiple layers to the images we see - a hand placed on an OHP is projected as a giant black hand on a screen/canvas or a playful abstract image made up of lines, dots and gestures turns out to be a sculpture. As someone who lectures and teaches, I was particularly drawn to these images - it reminded me how performative teaching always is and how ideas can be transmitted to occasionally form moments of intense pleasure or sharing.