Wednesday, January 29, 2014

"Ovidian Tree Peonies" - Thomas Woodruff

     This is a contemporary piece called Ovidian Tree Peonies by Thomas Woodruff made in 2013. The New York native painted this piece using acrylic on linen with tremendous detail. I like the use of space in this artwork, and how there are a lot of things going on all around. The foci in this painting are the curvaceous womanly shaped trees, which the title somewhat implies. The holes in the trees where the skunks lie remind me of birth canals. I feel that this painting expresses the relationship between nature and a woman's duty. The word Ovidian refers to a Roman poet that commonly wrote about love, making the tile sensual and romantic.

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