«A Celtic Chorus»
This painting is an ornate pageant of symbols, art and mysticism.
At its center is a Celtic tree of life. Trees where a connection between all worlds; between heaven and earth. Infect, the ancient Celts and envisioned the entire cosmos as a great tree.
Mother Earth bearing a sword, positioned at the head of the painting, brings to mind both the Celts’ martial skills and the strong, brave and proud Celtic woman who enjoyed equal stature as man in their society. The clover leaf she hold – the Celtic symbol of good luck – is the playful counterpoint to the seriousness of the sword bearing Mother Earth. She is the protector as well, perhaps seeking to safeguard her people from trouble and temptations, symbolized through the snake entwined in the Tree of Life. She is balanced by the green man, the protector and savior of his people.
In its symmetry and balance, its luxurious decorative motives and intricate detailing, this painting pays tribute to the art and craftsmanship of the Celts. The artist uses a vocabulary of green and red tones to depict fertility, abundance and the deep connection with Nature that characterized the Celts.
The eye is drawn to the unicorn’s spiraled horn: the source of its magic and healing abilities. According to legend, it is the unicorn’s horn of plenty that caused it to be hunted down by men. The Celts immortalized the unicorn in their arts and crafts. It was a mystical creation that symbolizes purity and creativity.
The artist sets up a direct link to the Celtic art heritage: reveling in the ornamental, avoiding straight lines, playing with sacred symbols and referencing many aspects of Nature that were worshipped by the Celts. The canvas is rich with details; the artist creates the impression of filigree and carving, crafts the Celtic ironworkers excelled at.
The intertwined patterns and motifs are the intricate relationship of humanity with both the divine and the natural worlds. That endures, even though the Celts may have passed on….