Sisyphus (2016)
Black & white photograph (Giclée) by Michael Nicholson


  • Black & white photograph (Giclée), Paper
  • From a limited edition of 50
  • Size: 8 × 10 in (unframed) / 8 × 10 in (actual image size)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed and numbered certificate of authenticity

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~Sisyphus~ High quality print, 8x10 inch

This piece was completed with ink and pen on toned 'Strathmore' paper, and evaluates the concept that modern marketing and gimmicks are more of a burden than they are helpful. The piece is called 'Sisyphus' after the infamous Greek king who was eternally punished in the Underworld as atonement for his self-aggrandizing acts and deceitfulness.

Classical interpretations of Sisyphus' punishment were he was doomed to forever roll a large boulder up a hill, only for it to roll down the other side and require him to push it back up again.

The message behind this piece is that adhering to the fads of modern health and cosmetics is a truly sisyphean task; no amount of vanity can save us from our fates.

Printed on high quality Kodak XTRaLIFE Premium Picture Paper.

'Sisyphus' has been released as a limited edition numbering 1 - 50. Each exclusive print is assigned a number and includes a signed declaration from myself, the artist.

Materials used:

Strathmore toned paper, ink