36" x 36" x 1.5" (91.5 x 91. x 4cm). 3kg
Everlasting Flowers, Mountains & Landscapes
Title: “Butterfly Unbound, Libythea”
Butterfly Unbound embodies so much of what I’ve been feeling during lockdown and beyond.
Beauty and darkness. Chaos and tranquilly. Space and confinement. Sheltered and exposed. Strength and fragility.
I’m drawn to the conflicts within the painting, the hope in the threat, the confinement that provides a way forward. The complexity and layers, in what at first glance, seems simple.
This painting is the first of what I feel is going to become a series, as there is still so much uncertainty surrounding us.
I’ve named her after the Libythea Geoffroy (Purple Beak) butterfly. Like bees, butterflies are crucial for the environment. Not only are they beautiful, they have an important job as plant pollinators, and they provide population control for a number of plants ,and even insect species, by eating them. They also serve as sustenance for other species. Since they are so sensitive to changes in their ecosystems, scientists use butterfly population and behaviour shifts as metrics for changes and problems in local environments. If you are interested in finding out more about these beautiful creatures, read these short articles “What do butterflies do for the environment?” and “24 interesting butterfly facts”
And if you like these butterflies, have a look at this painting, “Butterfly Unbound” or these colourful “Harlequin Butterflies”. In a similar style are these abstract flowers, “Alizarin Crimson Poppies“, “Resilience Grows” and “Out of the Shadows”.
Is it time to release your inner butterfly?
Acrylic and palette knife on canvas
$780 AUD + shipping.
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