The Self-Destructive Nature Inherent Within Virtuosity
With this painting, I wanted to explore using simple iconography how far the precarious nature of skill and focus can be pushed in the pursuit of accomplishment. To examine a profession that teeters paradoxically on the cusp of composure and fragility.
The ballerina for me is a quintessential and very potent example of how virtuoso technique, talent and hard work coupled with the pressures manifesting themselves in these situations can often push the well-being of the mind and body to a dangerous limit.
This artwork is taken from a series of paintings where I have been experimenting more freely with the warmth of golden hues, pushing the thickness of my brush strokes and the application of acrylic paint to express a more vibrant form of mark making.
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By Mark Michael.