The Centaur's Shirt (2015)
Mixed Media painting by David Holcomb


  • Mixed Media painting, Panel / Board / MDF
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  • Size: 17 × 17 × 1.37 in (framed) / 16 × 16 × 0.25 in (unframed) / 16 × 16 in (actual image size)
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David Holcomb

United States

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"The Centaur's Shirt", 2015, acrylic, cut paper and metal button on fiberboard, 16 x 16 inches (40 x 40 cm).

The title comes from the Greek myth describing the death of Herakles (Hercules).

Cut paper, including slices of book pages, are layered with acrylic in black, blue, yellow and white and sanded down, then a pattern of fine lines in thinned acrylic is used to create a flowing shape like fabric, threaded into and around the paper forms. A small gold and black metal button suggests the sun, or perhaps an eye.

The area of black in the lower left was built up by successive layers of red, blue-gray, orange, yellow, iron-oxide red, and dark gray, each layer scraped with a wire brush when dry, before receiving the next layer, to create a matte blue-black surface contrasting with the pale forms in the rest of the painting.

Materials used:

acrylic, paper, found object

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