In this new set of work following on from Gillies's 'Japanese Circle Sets' comes the 'Nature Circle' where the artist has transferred his use of dried autumnleaves from his Stained Glass work, over to his artistic practice.
In this case, crushed Japanese Maple leaves, or Acer's, are floating with a sunken pool of clear resin, an artist drawn circle ring shape with irregular edges coated in a rich creamy white. The mixture of tones within the pieces of leaves creates a tonal mixture covering copper, red, amber, green, yellow and all the tones around those colors.
Maple trees have been a popular subject of Japanese art, poetry, and literature for thousands of years. Many classic Japanese works of art and poems are about the maple tree or the falling maple leaves. Gillies has been using Maple leaves within his Stained Glass work for over a decade, its imagery also often recurring in his paintings.
In Japan and abroad, the Japanese maple tree is viewed as a symbol elegance, beauty, and grace. The turning of colors on the trees is a highly-anticipated yearly event that brings many tourists out to Japan's national parks and temples to admire the spectacular foliage.
In Japan, maple trees are known as kaede (楓/"frog's hands"), as well as momiji (紅葉), which means both "become crimson leaves" and "baby's hands". Momiji is commonly used as the term for autumn foliage in general in Japanese, but it is also used as a term for maple trees. These names come from the appearance of the leaves, which resemble the hands of a baby or a frog. The scientific term for Japanese maples is Acer palmatum.
Framed here in a handpainted wooden frame, shown in white but also suits black. If you prefer non-white, or an alternative color just contact the artist upon sale.
Spray Paint / Wych Elm Seeds / Resin