Very Valerie Ellis
Ariadne: Beauty & Determination
A special piece - accepted into the 2020 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition.
Ariadne in Greek mythology is the immortal wife of the wine-god Dionysus, daughter of the Cretan King Minos, she fell in love with the Athenian hero Theseus and helped him escape the Labyrinth after he slew the Minotaur. Such women are often portrayed with red curly hair symbolising their unconventional character and untameable nature.
This picture is a distinct profile of a woman looking forward with determination to what lies ahead. Her upswept red hair emphasises the pose and her roman nose emphasises character rather than mere beauty. The strong, painterly brushwork of the piece is part of the mood of determination. The choice of a dramatic navy background is a clever contrast to the red hair and pale profile.
Oil on canvas board: 20x20cm
Framing: A finely carved, three-tiered timber frame with a gold foil finish that coordinates with the colours of the painting, protected by 'Clarity+' Synthetic Glass.
Finished size: 35x35cm