Sandy Devotional

Sandy Devotional

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Mixed media on canvas by Gavin Lavelle 

33x48cm unframed

54x68cm framed in washed white frame with AR99 ArtGlass

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Several things went into this piece. One was a notion of the folk art shrines which may have been used on long sea voyages in pre-modern times. 

Another was the work of Mughal painting in particular the C17th court artist Ustad Mansur who painted birds and animals surrounded by borders of foliage and calligraphy. 

I grew up near the sea and almost always have to have it in my paintings as a motif of terror and the sublime. I am fascinated with decorative ceramics from Asia and beyond, as much as I always have been by biological illustration, and try to let them coexist in the one artwork if feasible.

This is set in a wooden tray-box I made, and the painting is sealed in resin and behind AR99 ArtGlass.