Seraph Painting by Sylvia Thijssen

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Painting Seraph by Sylvia Thijssen in her studio.
Detail of painting Seraph by Sylvia Thijssen.
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Detail of painting Seraph by Sylvia Thijssen.
Detail of painting Seraph by Sylvia Thijssen.

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Size: 39.4 W x 59.1 H x 0.8 D in

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Painting: Oil, Acrylic on Canvas.

Welcome! Enjoy the authentic and original art by Dutch artist Sylvia Thijssen.
Title of the painting: Seraph
Size: 150 x 100 cm (± 59,1 x 39,4 inches)
Medium: this artwork is created with oil paint (upper layers) and acrylic paint (under layers) on canvas stretched on wooden stretch bars from 2 cm (0,8 inch). It is not framed.
Painting will be shipped in a box and is ready to hang.
Dated: 2020, signed and dated on the front.
Made in my studio in Breda, The Netherlands.
‘Seraph’ is a painting in the Mythological series.

In the mythology, Seraph is serving as a throne guardian of God. The seraphim are the highest-ranking celestial beings in the hierarchy of angels.
There is a green Scarab Beetle climbing the Seraph. The angel is based on a photo of myself.

I painted this canvas when my father was seriously ill. I sat next to his bed at night while he was delirious. He sculpted a round hole with his hands where he saw a gate, his hands moved as they were reaching for the rungs of the ladder that went through the gate. He saw his parents there and, to his surprise, his grandfather was there too. But he said he still couldn't let go of us.
I wish him that, when it will be his time, this heaven gate and the reunion with his family and I hope he will be helped by a Seraph with magical powers to make the moment of transition a little easier.
In this painting, the Seraph is also a self-portrait. And because I believe that the body is the instrument of our eternal soul that reincarnates in earthly life, I put the climbing scarab.

I try to find a universal mythological image, interpreted in a personal way of painting, to represent my personal story.

Sylvia Thijssen

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