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As a child I watched the film version of Watership Down and, sensitive little animal lover that I am, was deeply affected. What may seem on the surface to be a simple story of a group of rabbits is actually quite a profound tale, and in many ways it’s strange to think of it as a children’s book such is the depth of the prose. Yet, like all the best tales written for children, it addresses the hard realities of life in a way that can be processed allegorically at a heart level rather than with mere facts and logic.
So, I have created my own Watership Down illustration featuring the Black Rabbit of Inlé – a shadowy creature that ensures that each rabbit dies at his appointed time (Inlé means moon or darkness in rabbit lore) - a kind of Grim Reaper of the rabbit world. I find the black rabbit one of the most enduring images of the tale although one I found particularly disturbing as a child.
Perhaps that's why I chose to paint this rabbit of death as an illustration for Watership Down - a kind of cathartic process to deal with the trauma I received at the hands of this book when I was small :)

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Acrylic paint, postcard

Watership Down -The Black Rabbit of Inlé (2016)

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This artwork is sold by Deborah Sheehy from United Kingdom

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