Aug 20, 2010

The Little Dancer at The Great Wall
Oil on Canvas 120 cm x 95 cm

Always good to be able to post a finished painting.
I wanted to make a dramatic statement that relates to the tragedy of the building of the Great Wall, which was constructed on the Northern border of China in the Ming Dynasty. Thousands of men died making this wall, and it was unsuccessful in stopping the nomadic tribes from invading. I found it sad and beautiful.
Within this setting I have put the  'Little Dancer of Fourteen Years', a bronze sculpture by Edward Degas. It is a subjective link that pulls this great desolate garrison into the civilised world of French Art, or takes the little dancer to impossibly far corners of the earth.
I previous posts I have shown the original sketch and early photos of this work.

Aug 6, 2010

Relationships between the viewer and the picture

I'm paraphrasing Eric Fiscl here...
There's a difference between a painting of one person, two people, or a painting of three or more people. A painting of one person is a one-to-one relationship. You look at the single figure ... is she/he confronting you or turning away, or luring you?
A painting of two people makes you, the viewer, a voyeur. You can be witnessing the dynamic between them.
Three or more people can become a dynamic... it can be a family group, a work environment, or just people on the street. You can become one of the many, or removed from them like being in a coffee shop, looking out a window.