Though this painting is not available for sale any longer, Artfinder have kindly given me permission to showcase it here -a similar one could be commissioned if desired. The Phoenix is a symbol of rebirth amidst destruction, the overcoming of adversity, and being slightly mysterious, means many things to many people. I am creating an ongoing series of Phoenix paintings in varying styles, initially inspired by a commission request, with two so far completed and a third in progress, though it is a theme to which I shall return as it is fascinating. In researching my subject, (which I always do to a perhaps extreme degree), I encountered the mysterious Middle-Eastern Phoenicians, about whom Western history, though highly influenced by their culture, is strangely quiet and vague. Many European cities and civilisations, have Phoenician origins, including the city of Venice, possibly Amsterdam, and the Lombardy kingdom, (which existed what is now northern Italy/southern Switzerland, contains Milan, and gives its name to the region in Italy now). Interestingly, there is also a Phoenix as far afield as Arizona, USA, though whether there is any connection, I do not know. The Carthaginian "Punic" people of North Africa were Phoenician, and had control over much of Spain. As Carthage was utterly destroyed by the Roman general Scipio Aemelianus Africanus in 146BC, the Phoenix could also perhaps later have come to represent the rebirth, (and the subversive, continued existence), of the Phoenician civilisation in cities such as Venice, in spite of the domination of Rome. This painting was completed in November 2015, though it took many months to decide on a depiction, and to imagine & research the painting -I had a real journey into history and myth, which continues still. Should you wish for a similar painting, please do get in touch with me. A Phoenix painting in this style, of this size, will take me three weeks to complete now that I have it in my mind.
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