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Atlas Transformed into the Mountains (2024) Painting

Masked Sphinx

United Kingdom

Painting, Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 40.2 W x 29.9 H x 1.6 D in

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In Ovid’s Metamorphoses, he talks of the myth of Atlas, who once held up the celestial spheres on his shoulders, and is then turned into the mountain range by Perseus, known as the Atlas Mountains in North Africa. In this painting I have focused on the transformational nature of the theme and used topographical features and striking contrasts of vivid colour and contour lines. I am not interested in visually transcribing the mountains, my hope is for the work to go beyond illustration as such, it is more a search to go further into a philosophical and emotional response and perception of this mythical story. The landscape is seen as an abstract entity, not as a tangible world - in mapping out an imagined mountain range with transparent internal structures; like x-rays looking inside a skeletal structure. The lines are blurred fantastically combining geography, science and art.

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Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:40.2 W x 29.9 H x 1.6 D in

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Masked Sphinx (Melissa Budasz) studied fine art painting at Camberwell and Norwich Art Schools (1997) and lives and works in Kent. She has curated and exhibited in several large-scale projects, events, and exhibitions including Personal Structures organised by the European Cultural Centre (EEC) at Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy (2024), the Uniqlo Tate Lates, Tate Modern (2018), a solo exhibition at Conway Hall, London (2017), and in group shows that include the Gerald Moore Gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Guys Hospital and the Stephen Lawrence Centre. She ran South London Women Artists (2013-2016) and during this time she was the founder and editor of ArtVerve, a journal on women’s art (2014-2017).

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