'A la recherche du temps perdu ' - by DD McInnes
Animal Painting: “À la recherche du temps perdu” (or, “In Search of Lost Time”)
The artist DD McInnes said of the piece:
"Now here’s something different. This is the largest painting I’ve completed in recent years; previously, I’ve made much bigger paintings, but in the last six or seven years, the canvases have all been really quite small. It was such an enjoyable experience to be able to stretch the wings, and makes larger marks.
I’d been thinking what would happen if I took a usually scaled bunny and enlarge it…well this is the result. The painting I had in mind was rooted in Medieval and Early Modern European painting. I was thinking of the lovely Medieval Marian, Hortus Conclusus paintings that depicted backgrounds that appear as flower-studded bejewelled carpets upon which the religious figures are arranged. I was thinking, also, of Botticelli’s “Primavera”.
The title is, of course, appropriated from Marcel Proust, signalled by the seedlings flying off to the left from the Dandelion Clock in the foreground. I hope I don’t offend any Proustians reading this but, even though I read many sublime passage in the first book of the series, “Swann’s Way,” I actually found, in the end, I wasn’t engaged enough with the characters, and the reverie to carry on. I suspect it’s me, and it is much better in French (which I can’t read, write, or speak).
I really enjoyed the pattern-making in this painting, and combining a kind of 2-D ‘tapestry’-like feeling, with the more ‘realistically’ rendered bugs scattered throughout.
Such delight to make, and I hope you like it."
Dimensions: 30 inches x 24 inches (76 cm x 61 cm).
Materials: Oil paint on standard edge, stretched cotton canvas
The sides are primed but left unpainted.
Location: , United Kingdom
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