In Praise of Dance (2013)
Acrylic painting by Gordon Tardio


  • Acrylic painting, Paper
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 31 × 21 in (unframed)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed on the front

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Artist's description:

I occasionally return to this fascinating subject, dance.
This is the idea that got me wanting to get back into doing paintings of people. Problem came up that I just didn't know how or where to start with this intense composition. So other people paintings came first, until I had a better understanding of my paint, my paper, as regards to interpreting body language and movement ....
Of course the paper which gives a thick textural effect, is also like a blotter paper. So water colour techniques don't work well here, at least not for me. For now I need the strong colours here, along with a generous dose of spills which works so nicely on this paper.
Interested to have your idea painted in this style? Maybe a portrait, family portrait, a storyboard collage from a recent travel, event or performance? Contact me.
The paper I use is a traditional mulberry paper handmade in Thailand. Mulberry leaves are used there to feed the silkworm in the silk industry, the sticks used to make the paper. The resulting paper is a thick parchment paper, strong yet pliable.The close up picture is of higher resolution to be able to get a feel for the texture and brush strokes of the painting.
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Materials used:

acrylic colour on handmade Thai mulberry paper (kada sa), deckled edge