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Painting: Acrylic, Paper Collage, Ink, Varnish on Canvas.
A delicate flow of beautiful Koi fish through water. In Japan, Koi fish are traditionally symbolic of prosperity and good fortune. Set to a carefully balanced abstract background of blues, ochre and cream, with a warm pop of burnt orange. Ink washes and a varnish finish add texture and depth. A single rebel swims against the masses.
The color palettes are designed to be vibrant and bold without being garish. Lily has developed a unique way of working, using reproductions of her own paintings as collage material on a canvas. The Koi fish are meticulously painted, reproduced, and cut, ready to use on a canvas. The background is painted with acrylics. The use of collage allows the freedom to play with the composition in a way which would otherwise be impossible, allowing quick changes until a design is settled upon. When the Koi collage is fixed in place, washes of ink have been applied. Finally, a glossy varnish enhances color, adds protection, and offers an opulent shine.
Nature is common to all of Lily's work, however she would never claim to offer gritty realism. Lily describes it more like focusing on an aspect of its beauty and running with it, seeing where it can be taken. Simplicity is key, which to Lily means creating something which people can hopefully take some pleasure and enjoyment from.
The canvas is stretched on a deep edge wooden frame with painted sides. Included is a handmade to measure rustic floating frame, which is easy to remove if preferred. The frame is finished with Littlefair's water based non-toxic water stain in dark mahogany red. Ready to hang.
Please be aware that this canvas has a gloss finish, and some surface texture/relief as a result of the layered collage material and varnish. This has been portrayed as fully as possible through the additional photos.
The dimensions listed are inclusive of the frame, which is removable.
Framed dimensions: 38.5 x 38.5 x 2.5 inches
Unframed dimensions: 36 x 36 x 1.5 inches
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