Wild and Domestic Horses Let Loose in a Pyramid
Acrylic on Canvas ~ 2003
34 x 50″ 84 x 124 cm
This painting began around the Egyptian animal crossing, specifically the emotional connection between the cow and the calf as the calf is carried across the stream. I love Egyptian murals, however many are rather stiff and formulaic. I was drawn to the clear emotional connection between these animals, but that same connection is almost never seen in their human counterparts in Egyptian murals. The Egyptian fish paintings, which inspired the fish for the river scene at the bottom of my painting are all exactly in profile, probably according to a tablet of rules. I have borrowed all of the vignettes here from many, many, different Egyptian murals and brought them together in this painting.
The idea of bringing in the wild and domestic horses, and then letting them loose into this painting, was the catalyst which allowed me to incorporate a lot of my favorite Egyptian art, with one of my favorite animals, the horse.
Egyptian Hieroglyphs, which are phonetically based, have been transcribed to correspond with our alphabet, and this alphabet can easily be found online. The captions I have written contain humor, as well as pearls of wisdom.
This painting has participated in the following International Exhibits;
iBiennial of Contemporary Art, Artoteque.com online 2009, London UK 2009-2011
The Third Internet Artwork competition; ArtPeriscope Art Project, Czestochowa, Poland 2008 * 3rd Prize
Arcadia, The End of Time, Projekt 30, New York, NY, USA 2006
An International Presentation of Portfolio, the Staedelschule, Frankfurt, Germany 2006
Fall Open Juried Exhibition, The International Museum of the Horse, Lexington, Kentucky, USA 2005
This painting has been reproduced in the following book;
Best of Worldwide Watermedia Artists, Vol 1, Kennedy Publishing, Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.A., Copyright 2009