This is my own version of the Madonna with Child.
I have seen countless versions while travelling in Italy and France and this is a tribute to the Old Masters with a contemporary touch.
At age 11, I was offered a small wooden print of icone Marie-Porte-du-ciel. THis small painting has followed me since and holds a special spot in my little camper. It is like a protective talisman and this what first inspired this painting. That said I am not specifically religious but I am interested in the history of religious beliefs.
The Province of Quebec where I come from has a very strong Catholic history and black Madonnas are not the norm, all the opposite.
In many religious texts, the mother of Jesus was often described as worried about what awaited her precious son. Motherhood requires the ability to let go but for Mary, it must have been a super human effort to overcome her anxiety as she had been informed about her son's difficult destiny. Despite his mother!s sadness, the young Jesus is turned towards the sun, willing to go ahead no matter what.
I have studied traditional icons for pleasure and it is a very impressive method of painting that requires extensive knowledge and skill. This painting is inspired by some of the key elements found in icons, such as the gold tones peering through the skin, symbolizing the colours of the soul and the blue coloured robe of the virgin associated with moon-feminine energy.
This painting uses modeling paste, fine handmade decorative fine paper from different parts of the world and goldleaf.
Acrylic, Modeling paste, Decorative paper, Goldleaf