Size: approx 36″ x 28″
Medium: Oil on canvas
Description: Previously displayed at the Open Art Exhibition 2020 at Cyfarthfa Castle in Merthyr Tyrdfil (March to November 2020)
Inspired by the works of Alphonse Mucha and the Art Nouveau movement of the late 19th and early 20th Century I wanted to bring one of the most decorative birds to the most decorative art style. While the peacock lends itself to the art nouveau style and was used in a number of pieces by art nouveau artists the peacock never gained the popularity as a decorative emblem here that it did elsewhere.
Mayura is the Sanskrit word for the peacock, which is one of the sacred birds of Hinduism. In Buddhism, the peacock symbolises wisdom and is associated with bodhisattva due to its ability to eat poisonous plants and berries.
This is a large work measuring 28×36 inches on Winsor and Newton Artists’ canvas, using a selection of Winsor and Newton Artists’, Winton, and Pebeo oil paints, Handover 22ct gold leaf, and finished with Winsor and Newton Artists’ UV resistance satin varnish.