Oracle Painting by David Holcomb

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The artwork framed on the worktable, with paint and brushes nearby to indicate scale.
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Art Description

Painting: Acrylic, Watercolor, Paper on Wood.

"Oracle", 2015, acrylic, watercolor, plaster, crayon, cut-paper collage on plywood, 30 inches tall by 24 inches wide (75 x 60 cm).

An oracle is one who sees through the gaps in reality to deeper meanings beneath. Sometimes the knowledge can be communicated, sometimes it is too complex, too personal, to fit into words.

In this painting warm and cold, life and death, press toward center, each seeking dominance, but the stress of conflict opens a gap through which pours light, holding both sides at bay.

Paper, paint and plaster have been applied in accordance with specific visual rhythms then sanded away, layer upon layer, to create a deep illusory space; a tracery of fine arabesques in white, black and bistre contradict this illusion by emphasizing the surface of the panel. Meanwhile the tormented vertical area near the center of the picture crumples and tears open both the deep space and the flat surface, suggesting that both may be only illusions.

The painting is on lightweight 1/4” plywood, lightly varnished for UV protection, framed in a wood “floater” frame, ready to hang; it is signed and dated both front and back, with title on back.




David Holcomb

United States


Size: 24 W x 30 H x 0.3 in

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