This piece was inspired by the Greek myth of Oedipus. Oedipus was, according to mythology, the king of Thebes. He was a tragic hero (as were many of the protagonists of Greek mythology), who was destined to kill his father and marry his mother. My painting depicts his final days, in which he blinded himself and was sent into exile. The snakes represent the Erinyes (goddesses of vengeance in Greek mythology) who punished people who had wronged in life.
I painted this as part of a series based on characters from Greek Mythology. There's something alluring about the tragic nature of these characters and their stories that makes them an interesting subject to tackle. Oedipus in particular intrigued me because he was fated to commit, and be punished for, several deeds through no real fault of his own. There's something beautifully tragic about that.
Acrylic and Watercolour