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"This piece is from my 'Wild' series, which are about nature wearing the colours of man like war paint, trying to adapt to man's intervention. The fluorescent paint also looks like energy radiating from the animal, as it is painted on the places I find most intense.
I use a lot of stags in my work as they are so majestic and pure, like they are wearing ornate crowns on their heads. They are powerful and yet so peaceful. I love that juxtaposition and how they are symbolic of standing your own ground and overcoming life's obstacles. I believe I am also drawn to stags as it's the Scottish in me and I just love their anthropomorphic qualities, when they stare at you it's like they are staring into your soul...
Here the stags have been set on gold and variegated blue-gold leaf to elevate their status and hint at their divinity, just as religious figures are often depicted in golds and blues to show their holy status"
Acrylic, Pencil and Mixed Gold Leaf on Deep Edge Canvas
- Size: W 60.0 cm x H 60.0 cm
- Medium: Mixed Media
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Louise's creations features nature, animals, and the celestial realm in glorious, blazing neon hues, where the animals are Godlike, Sublime and ethereal in their luminescence. Not wishing to limit herself or a subject matter, Louise adopts a mixed media approach which usually manifests in painted drawings on traditional and sometimes unusual supports, such as celestial maps.View Profile »
The soft style suggests a delicate relationship between Nature and ourselves, making a clear point about man's destruction of Nature, which flutters jewel-like in the balance. By subverting traditional representation, Nature hints at darker consequences, yet paradoxically giving animals an elevated status with the neon paint making them look as though they have their own inner light and are literally shining from within.
Just as we use highlighter pens to mark areas of importance, Louise adopts the same approach using fluorescent paint in her works. By drawing the viewers’ attention to the animal’s presence and energy, she is hoping to share with the viewer the awe that the natural world inspires within.