Saturday, May 21, 2011

Symbolic Abstract

I've been working on this for a while, but still not entirely happy with it. Too late now tho' as it's off to exhibition next week. 

Although essentially abstract, I have included lots of religious symbolism in the painting. The cruciform composition, and the crown of thorns are the most obvious. Not so the marks of the scourge, the nails, and the symbolic ladder (used to remove Jesus' body from the cross).  There is also a small piece of muslin to represent His loincloth, and the three arrows... the spears of the soldiers and/or the Trinity. If you look VERY closely you will see thirty small silver dots... the thirty pieces of silver, and some leaf patterning for the Garden of Gethsemane.

A King's Crown
It is what it is, and I feel somewhat overworked. Never mind, the next will be better.

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