Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Emperor's new mask

The Emperor Angelfish, Pomacanthus imperator, is one of the most impressive fish available in the aquarium trade. Like many marine fish, juveniles show a completely different coloration. An odd pattern of electric white circles upon an dark blue, almost black background. Only adults have the beautiful striping and the magnificent yellow and blue mask as shown in the painting. It's a favorite among photographers, artists, and aquarists because of its unique, brilliant pattern of coloration. Adults have bulky, strong jaws usuable to chew upon sponges made up of tiny, needle-like pieces of silica. Mind you, this would be the equivalent of a human chewing on small fragments of glass!

In fact the painting is a so called 'trompe l'oeil'. What you see, actually is not there. The composition consists of sand drippings, all together creating the image of the Emperor's mask, while in fact I did not paint a fish. Nevertheless the fish is there. And not even nude like Hans Christian Andersen's emperor. ("The Emperor's New Clothes").

Original painting, as pictured above, 100x100 cm acrylics and sand on canvas. One of a kind - SOLD 

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