Ravell'd Painting by David Holcomb

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The artwork framed on the worktable, with paint and brushes nearby to indicate scale.
A closeup detail image of the artwork.
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Art Description

Painting: Acrylic on Canvas.

"Ravell'd", 2014, acrylic on canvas, 20 inches tall by 16 inches wide (50 x 40 cm).

The title refers to a line in Shakespeare's "Macbeth" in which the title character observes that his guilt denies him the sleep that would "knit the ravell'd sleeve of care". I've used patterns of ragged hatching to suggest the idea of woven fabric, but I've also threaded it with blood-red threads that disrupt the pattern and "murder sleep".

The image suggests both the ability of a person to pull together the scattered threads of a life to form a consistent fabric, and also the risk of disintegrating that fabric by introducing the strands of bad decisions and violent acts.

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






David Holcomb

United States


Size: 16 W x 20 H x 0.8 in

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