Painting: Paint and Acrylic on Canvas.
An allegory for the transience of life and the inevitability of death, the stag is depicted in the moments between the two.
A universal experience, but a topic which is shied away from in the west with it’s youth centric culture.
In Greek mythology, Actaeon was transformed by Artemis into a stag that his own hounds tore to pieces after witnessing her bathing nude in a pool.
The image incorporates impasto paint and violent splashes to represent the moment of death.
"A wounded deer leaps highest, I've heard the hunter tell; 'Tis but the ecstasy of death, And then the brake is still." Emily Dickinson
Keywords: blood, Red Dear Stag, artemis, impasto, allegory, death, animals, Actaeon, hunting