Large Angel (2014)
Acrylic painting by Duncan Barker


  • Acrylic painting, Canvas
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 23.23 × 33.07 × 0.59 in (unframed)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed on the front

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This is one of a series of paintings imitating the techniques, if not always the conventions, of classical mosaic.

How do you represent the spiritual through as physical a medium as paint? "Large Angel" is an exercise in suggesting spiritual imminence through pattern and contained movement. The "angel" is made up of individual coloured brushstrokes representing stone or gilded tesserae: these in turn represent a human form which is itself a representation of something beyond the human, beyond the physical. It emerges through the pattern of tesserae, filling and existing in the picture-plane itself. A slight asymmetry enhances the effect of shimmering movement. The palette of earth colours reflects the transformation of the mundane. Gold is both physical and ethereal, and a pale ultramarine seeps through the entire image, as a token of heaven. You'll also notice that the angel's face becomes more benign the closer you stand.

The canvas is painted grey around the edges to suggest a mosaic panel amd may be hung framed or unframed.

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Acrylic paint

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