the talismans ...
Our first new works of 2015 began with a prolonged study of William Blake's "The Great Red Dragon and the Woman clothed in the sun".
We thought that we had ended up, after a momentous struggle, with six small paintings embellished with gold leaf, oil pigments, glue, feathers, Venetian glass, goose feathers, lacquer, sand, wild flower seeds and powdered silver. Each with a dragon fragment embedded in it.
We now find that, in preparation for the opening of the new Bank Gallery in Eye - www.thebankeye.co.uk - the dragons have mysteriously metamorphosed into magical icons or "talismans".
Talisman - an object/charm whose presence exercises magical and protective powers creating a remarkable influence on human feelings or actions (OED).
Each one inspired by some very special journeys that we and our family have made in recent years:
To the ancient ruined city of Knossos in the Cretan hinterland; to see wondrous ikons in beautiful Polish churches; to the fiery glass furnaces on the Venetian island of Murano; to the incredible Fundacio Miro in Catalonia; to the Imperial City in Beijing; and to a remarkable factory making pencils in Cumbria.
And they all still have their dragon fragments.
each painting is 37 x 40 cms square,
each painting is £525 framed in black wood,
the set of six is £2,750 framed in black wood.