All that remains is Love. Oil and Acrylic painting. Painting by Mike Heseltine

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All that remains is Love. Oil and Acrylic painting.

Mike Heseltine

United Kingdom

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Size: 12 W x 10 H x 0.2 D in

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Painting: Acrylic, Oil, Charcoal on Paper, Canvas.

There is a tomb in Chichester Cathedral called the Arundel Tomb. It shows a powerful and influential couple from 700 years ago, but their faces have faded with time and their achievements forgotten. Then one notices that the Knight has removed his glove and is tenderly holding his wife's hand. All that now represents this couple is their love. Perhaps love is all that connects us and is all that remains after us? This was the subject of a Philip Larkin poem and part of the inspiration of this drawing.

I wanted to keep faithful to Larkin's poem so included references to the people moving past the tomb over the centuries, the sun streaming in through the window and the birds. I have added the idea of the couple moving towards the light. The circle of light contains nothing, like the figures, which is reflecting the Buddhist concept of 'nothingness'. When we die, we lose all attachments including the idea of self and thought. Everything we did, good or bad, will be forgotten as it is impermanent. We no longer exists as an individual. But when one lets go of the 'self' and all our worldly attachments, we return to the state where only love remains. We do this at death, but we can also do it now.
My influences are Fauvism and Expressionism, including artists such as Edvard Munch, Kandinsky, Egon Schiele and Henri Matisse. In this painting I was influenced by the colouring of Marc Chagall and the drawing of Raoul Dufy. I enjoy doing religious paintings, especially if they are connected to Buddhist Dharma.


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Love

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