|The author captured in the glass reflection of a work that forms the inspiration for a forthcoming painting|
After enjoying the Eikon exhibit, I explored the rest of the gallery, including a fascinating exhibition of woodcuts, etchings and engravings called "Radicals, Slayers and Villains".
Featuring extraordinary prints from the Baillieu Library of the University of Melbourne, I was in for an unexpected surprise of themes dealing with the esoteric, macabre and dark. (Melbourne Uni library - who would have thought???)
I loved the range of ideas about death, Satan, hell, and suffering that this exhibition engendered. The liberal display of nudity (perhaps the notion of nude = evil?), other worldly beings and deities had me as engaged as the previous exhibit, but in a different way.
The following images are my personal highlights from this exhibition:
|"Lycaon" by Agostino Musi|
|"Eve" by Eric Gill|
The sensuality of this silhouette is stunning. In many ways a simple, uncomplicated image, but it says so much. It is a wood engraving, and a brief read of Mr. Gill's background makes me think he would have been fun to meet.
|"The raising of Lazarus" by Rembrandt van Rijn|
|"Satan" by Lionel Lindsay|
|"La tentation de Saint Antoine" by Erik Desmazierres|
"The temptation of St. Anthony" (St. Anthony of Egypt or St. Anthony the Great) is a complex and intriguing etching and aquatint. The Moroccan French Desmazierres has created a mutli faceted hell where all kinds of demons and torture abound. I have included a detail from it below. The figure below did remind me of a certain Netjer . . . .
|"La tentation de Saint Antoine" detail|
Other parts of the gallery
I include below, sans commentary, other works that captured my eye as we wandered through the impressive gallery:
|"Ajax and Cassandra" by Solomon J Solomon |
oil on canvas (1886)
|"Beneath the arena" by Karl Theodor von Piloty |
oil on canvas (1860 - 1880)
|"Wake up to the stink" by ELK |
spray enamel on board (2009)
|"Henry F Stone and his Durham ox" by Thomas Flintoff|
oil on canvas (1887)
|"Tracks" by Stanislaus Rapotec|
oil on composition board 1956
The 8 + 1 painting
I wouldn't finish this post without mentioning the drawing - a mezzotint in fact -that inspired me so. I drew the sketches to interpret this as a painting whilst on the plane over to the US.
The piece is called "Satan presiding at the Infernal Council" and it is a delight to behold. John Martin was famous for implying enormous scale through his grand architectural renderings. Let's hope my homage to this piece can do it justice!
|"Satan presiding at the Infernal Council" by John Martin|