Mixed media on canvas by Gavin Lavelle
66x76cm framed in washed white frame with AR99 ArtGlass
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I have a passing interest in Surrealism and admire some of the Italian tangents especially Carlo Carrà and Giorgio Di Chirico. The tower is a reference to the latter, and I like especially the structure and colour of his paintings.
I prefer a less Mediterranean palette for my own pieces. So I wanted a fertile coastal landscape with Italian and Japanese motifs and patterns, with a bit of Brueghel lurking in the distant lagoon.
The giant seabird dominates, observed by reptiles and small birds, but is approached by a momento mori, the skull in Arcadia.
The foliage is mostly painted but features pearl and turquoise jewellery as well as semi- precious gemstones.
The painting is acrylic and collage on gesso panel, presented behind AR99 ArtGlass