Phoenix 2, The Defiant Phoenix (2015)
Oil painting by Steve Gostling

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  • Oil painting, Canvas
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 23.62 × 23.62 × 0.71 in (unframed) / 23.62 × 23.62 in (actual image size)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed on the front

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Steve Gostling

United Kingdom

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Though this painting is no longer available, Artfinder have kindly given permission for me to showcase it here. As a further exploration of the subject of the Phoenix, I have created this, The Defiant Phoenix. In the ancient world, there was much differing of opinion as to how the Phoenix looks: Herodotus said it was red & yellow; Ezekiel The Dramatist said it had red legs and yellow eyes; while Lactantius said it had eyes like sapphires, gold-scaled legs & rose-gold talons and was larger than an ostrich. Herodotus, Philostratus, Solinus and Pliny all say it was eagle-sized. In this painting, based upon a photograph I took of a White-Tailed Eagle and created with the finest pigments (including cobalt blues and violet, & genuine vermilion), I have included the Phoenician Tanit sign (which may be the basis of the "all seeing eye" which can be found upon the reverse of the Federal Reserve dollar bill), the constellation of the Phoenix and I have initialed the painting in Phoenician script. As no Phoenix is ever born without flames, I set the painting on fire (as shown in the last photograph in the sequence displayed here), and used the photographs I took, and memory of the process, to capture the forms of the fire to add the flames in thick, palette-knife applications of paint. My process was exciting, visceral and risky, (& a lot of fun too), resulting in what I feel to be a unique depiction of this mythical creature. Should you wish me to create a similar painting for you, please do get in touch. As with all of my MyTH series, I use careful blends of metallic, iridescent and translucent paints, so all of these works change, with various degrees of subtlety, depending upon perspective and light -there is intentionally no "definitive" view of any of them.

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Finest Quality Oil Paint, Finest Metallic & Iridescent Oil Paint, Fire, (& Many Ancient Histories and Poems in the research!)

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