This painting is very loosely based on ‘Christ of Saint John of the Cross’ by Salvador Dali housed at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow. It obviously looks nothing like Dali’s luminescent masterpiece, but I looked at the work as a starting point for the feel I somehow wanted to attempt to convey.
My painting represents the tree of life dying. The boughs of the tree are horses. It is about my desire to do something useful for the planet. And the most useful thing I can think of to do as a self employed artist is to plant trees.
The painting came about because a friend asked me if I had ever painted a crucifixion. I hadn’t, but decided to.
I have had it hanging in my bedroom since I completed it a few months ago. I find it comforting, benign and protective and yet a call to arms, to action at the same time.
A tree or a crucifixion?
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Crucifixion, Horse Tree by Kirsten Harris, 100 x 150 cm, Acrylic and Copper on Canvas