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Ornithoptera victoriae

1975   21cm x 21cm   Insect-tincture, gold-leaf, acrylic, pastel and pencil on Handmade Watercolour paper

“La Parola con Entomologia” (The Word with Entomology) originates from two years spent living and studying in Florence and Rome and travels throughout Italy.

The work is inspired by Giotto’s use of colour and “depth” in his frescoes that adorn the 14th Century Arena (Scrovegni) Chapel in Padua and the juxtaposition of written text and image used in Illuminated Manuscripts from the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

The image, previously monochromatic and text informational in my earlier work, now isolates ‘words’, ‘letters’ and ‘numerals’ using a Medieval artist’s palette incorporating insect-tincture, plant pigment and gold leaf.

The “Insect” motif of the past ten years is extended to include “Papiliones” (Butterflies), parts of which - bodies and wings - are meticulously selected and magnified to form entomological templates.

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Papilio Krishna

1976   21cm x 21cm   Gold-leaf, insect-tincture, plant pigment, acrylic and ink on Handmade Watercolour paper
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Chrysochroa chinensis (Buprestidae)

1976   21cm x 21cm   Insect-tincture, plant pigment, gold-leaf, gouache, pastel and pencil on Handmade Watercolour paper
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Papilio demoducus

1976   21cm x 21cm   Pastel, ink, gouache, letra-set, pencil and plant pigment on Handmade Watercolour paper
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Boarisa hieroglyphica (Noctuidae)

1976   21cm x 21cm   Insect-tincture, letra-set, gouache, acrylic, pencil, pastel and ink on Handmade Watercolour paper
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Parthenos slyvius

1975   21cm x 21cm   Plant pigment, dry-point, letra-set, acrylic, gold-leaf, pencil and ink on Handmade Watercolour paper
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Callitaera pireta

1976   21cm x 21cm   Pastel, gold-leaf, insect-tincture, dry-point and acrylic on Handmade Watercolour paper
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Erasmia pulchella (Zygaenidae)

1976   21cm x 21cm   Insect-tincture, plant pigment, dry-point, gold-leaf, pencil, gouache and ink on Handmade Watercolour paper
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Parides philoxenus

1976   21cm x 21cm   Gouache, dry-point, insect-tincture, pencil, ink and pastel on Handmade Watercolour paper
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Hesitia lyncea

1975   21cm x 21cm   Plant pigment, gouache, pastel, ink, pencil and gold-leaf on Handmade Watercolour paper
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Omithoptera Croesus

1976   21cm x 21cm   Insect-tincture, plant pigment, gold-leaf, ink, pastel, pencil and acrylic on Handmade Watercolour paper
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Papilio Ulysses

1975   21cm x 21cm   Insect-tincture, pencil, plant pigment, gold-leaf, pastel and ink on Handmade Watercolour paper
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Agglomerati urbani esistenti

1976   21cm x 21cm   Plant pigment, gouache, letra-set, dry-point, pastel, ink and pencil on Handmade Watercolour paper
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Farfelle sopra di Roma

1976   21cm x 21cm   Dry-point, letra-set, pastel, acrylic, insect-tincture and pencil on Handmade Watercolour paper
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La Parola - Homage to an Illuminated Manuscript

1976   21cm x 21cm   Gouache, ink, pastel, letra-set, dry-point and gold-leaf on Handmade Watercolour paper