‘Venetian Mask and the Ghost Moth’
Acrylic on Box Canvas.
Framed with glass and ready to hang. Finished size, including a double, card mount of navy and dark purple – 71.5cm x 71.5cm.
Oak effect frame – 4cm wide x 2cm deep. Overall depth 5cm.
Venetian carnival masks have always been an endless source of fascination to me. They represent the exuberance of life but also the sinister undercurrents of mischief and deception.
In medieval times it was thought masks could be worn to deceive the Grim Reaper during times of the Black Death.
Death is represented in the painting by the nocturnal moth, in this case, the Ghost Moth, but here, with a wry grin, life has triumphed, if only temporarily.
‘Live every day as if it were your last
Because one of these days, it will be'.