Place of the Mothers Painting by Gloria Dean

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Place of the Mothers

Gloria Dean

United Kingdom


Size: 48 W x 35.8 H x 1.2 D in

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About The Artwork

In this painting 'Place of the Mothers', I was inspired by the Iberian studs where cherished 'pura sanque' brood mares joined together by a simple collar, are led in a line of 3 to 12 horses ('a cobra'). I hope to convey the etereal quality of the horses. The blue and white tiles depict an angel overlooking their welfare, whilst the decorated clay tiles, represent earth and the history borne on the backs and courage of trained war horses.

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Painting:Oil on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:48 W x 35.8 H x 1.2 D in

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"I draw from life, making lightning sketches that capture the essence, body language, and mood. I use this as the basis of every painting. Searching for the purity of line, the absence of line, the emergence of form, emotion from colour and attitude. Stillness from motion and motion from stillness." Gloria Dean is a lifelong artist, living and working in Norfolk, UK. Her work has been included in various journals and magazines, and is in private collections worldwide. Her career spans sculpture, illustration, stage sets and the design and restoration of Chinoiserie furniture and objet d’art including work for The Fitzwilliam Museum, The Ashmolean Museum amongst others. Though she has loved every aspect of her career, drawing and painting are her greatest love. The Iberian horse has featured strongly in her work. During the 1980's whilst travelling to Portugal to study Lusitano's in their home environment she pursued her own studies in classical riding under the tutelage of Lord Henry Loch. She has continued to be inspired by the Baroque horse and also produced bold and powerful studies of bulls, Inspired greatly by the fighting bulls of Portugal ( never the bullring, as animal welfare is always an important message throughout her work. ) "Mankind has often viewed the bull as a symbol of strength, something that when, overpowered and devoured, confers his strength upon his self-perceived conqueror. I paint the might and the majesty of the bull as he is naturally.... at ease and at peace." In these works is demonstrated her mastery of the art of draughtsmanship which is seen throughout her work, from the dramatic charcoal studies of ballet dancers to the relaxed sketches of passers-by. “I have painted for as long as I can remember, and have never lost sight of my dreams. From my earliest memories drawing was the activity that I enjoyed most and as a child I would wander for miles, sketchbook in hand. I soon found a desire for movement and drama in my work and now whatever the subject, whether it be dancers, musicians or the prancing white horses of the Iberian Peninsular, these are the qualities that I hope to attain. Life encapsulates movement, attitude, love, beauty, passion, drama, music, joy, melancholy ; so it is my intention to strive to capture these qualities as I perceive them in the subject”.