Oil Paint, W&n artists' oil, gilded gold metal leaf, black plaka mural stained raw stretched canvas primed with clear acrylic gloss
Dimensions: 75.4cm (H) x 43.2cm (W) x 3.3cm (D) / 29.7" (H) x 17" (W) x 1.3" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
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The canvas was first marked with diluted black plaka brushstrokes which stained the raw canvas, and then primed with clear acrylic medium to prepare it for the oil paint & gold metal leaf to be applied on top. 'Midnight Stars' was intentionally created to be quite dark and is best displayed under indirect light where the figure and gold leaf is most clearly revealed. In some lighting conditions the figure can seemingly disappear completely except for the gold encrusted deep dark royal blue dress (this hue was one element that inspired the piece).
The symbolism of the magnificent peacock and the gorgeous hues of its feathers were the prime inspiration for this piece.
In Greco Roman mythology the peacocks signature tail markings symbolized the 'eyes' of the stars watching over us, besides being a symbol of vision, awakening and guidance. Like the phoenix it is also a symbol of transformation or renewal linked to alchemical traditions, that reminds us that we can rise out of our darkest moments, or the dying of our ego-self, to be reborn into a new life of awareness, spirituality and illumination.
In Babylonian/Persian traditions the peacock was seen as a guardian of royalty and in others a protector of both the strong and the weak.
Kwan-Yin (from asian spirituality) and Lakshmi (Hinduism) were both associated with the royal peacock and similarly was an emblem of kindness, love and watchfulness. In Kwan-Yin's case her story depicts that she (who could be immortal) chose to remain mortal for she wished to stay behind and aid humanity in their spiritual evolution.
Based in: Selangor
It's been my privilege to explore and delve into the myriad creative wonders of an artistic profession for over 15 years, full time... To quote Christopher Hitchens, trying to "..... keep opposing ideas alive in the same mind" is truly what inspires (and frustrates) me daily. Pulling all these apparently …
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