Orithyia Painting by David Holcomb

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David Holcomb

United States

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Painting: Acrylic on Wood.

"Orithyia", 2015, acrylic, plaster and latex enamels on plywood, 24 inches tall by 18 inches wide (60 x 45 cm).

In classical Greek myth, the rough north wind Boreas took a fancy to a woman named Orithyia; when his courtship proved ineffective, he simply swept her away. She became the mother of his two sons, the winged heroes Calais and Zetes who accompanied Jason on the Quest of the Golden Fleece.

The paint is layered repeatedly with thin coats of plaster and then sanded to create the transparent veils of white, blue, ochre and pink; a frantic web of agitated linear forms are grasped by that cold, cloudy background, as if being engulfed.

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.




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