Original Canvas - Koi and Hibiscus with Crimson and Ochre
Acrylic, Paper Collage, Ink, Varnish on Canvas.
A delicate flow of beautiful Koi fish. In Japan, Koi fish are traditionally symbolic of prosperity and good fortune. Set to an abstract background of subtle greys and pale blues, merest hints of dusky pinks and soft neutrals, flashes of bold crimson and warm yellow ochre, and warmth from washes of sunshine yellow, burnt sienna and nut brown inks. Featuring delicate details of Hibiscus and Orchid, and just a hint of scattered Honesty pods and Birch leaves, as if floating on the pond surface. A varnish finish adds texture and depth.
Lily has developed a unique way of working, using reproductions of her own paintings as collage material on a canvas. The Koi fish are meticulously painted, reproduced, and cut, ready to use on the canvas. The background is painted with acrylics. The use of collage allows the freedom to play with the composition in a way which would otherwise be impossible, allowing quick changes until a design is settled upon. When the collage is fixed in place, washes of ink have been applied. Finally, a glossy varnish enhances colour, adds protection, and offers an opulent shine.
Nature is common to all of Lily's work, however she would never claim to offer gritty realism. Lily describes it more like focusing on an aspect of its beauty and running with it, seeing where it can be taken. Simplicity is key, which to Lily means creating something which people can hopefully take some pleasure and enjoyment from.
The canvas is stretched on a deep edge wooden frame with painted sides. Included is a made to measure floating frame, which is easy to remove if preferred. The frame is finished with Littlefair's water based non-toxic stain in 'English Oak'. Ready to hang.
Please be aware that this canvas has a gloss finish, and some surface texture/relief as a result of the layered collage material and varnish.
Framed dimensions: 21.6 x 21.6 x 2.5 inches
Unframed dimensions: 20 x 20 x 1.5 inches
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