50 x 50 cm | 18 x 18 in
Original painting in oil on canvas.
"This painting is a painting which for me is pivotal in the transition of the new work I am making from the previous work. Set in the night time in an ambiguous land and seascape, an alizarion crimson boat can be seen in the distance. The song 'To the Siren' references the tale of Odysseus and his crew in Homer's epic poem 'The Odyssey'. Our life spans are something of an Odyssey, an epic journey."
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Michaela Hollyfield creates ambiguous landscapes using an intuitive style. Dark, moon kissed colour emanates from the work. Rushing brush strokes wield themselves through the canvas and create organic shapes suggesting forests or a fox wreathed in a ravine of colour. Hollyfield paints atmospheric mountains, doused in quiet hues whilst another work portrays a forest as night befalls, trees stand stark against the electric blues of midnight. This journey through imagined landscapes lends the work an elusive quality, which remains captivating through the rich use of colour and the painterly attention to form.