Reaching for an Untouchable Strawberry by Mark Sheeky

G112A Reaching for an Untouchable Strawberry
Oil on panel
Jun to Jul 2007, Size 386x285 mm

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About this painting
This work from 2007 was composed over a long period. The reclining figure came first, then the artificial perspective box which had been a motif of my paintings since 2005. The box allowed a ceiling to the scene and the strawberry on a rope was added, then the distant mountains and pathway.

It's a painting about longing with erotic undertones. The hand of the reclining figure is transformed into a mouth with a liquid lolling tongue, the upper fingers become the horns of a snail. The silver needless that pierce the strawberry already make the fruit untouchable but here there is a tantalising desire to touch the prickles. However, such a thing cannot be as the strawberry swings away. This lack of fulfilment is echoed in the closed distant door.

Technical details
Like most of my work on wood panels, the glazes in this painting incorporate amber dissolved in walnut oil into the painting medium. Used since the 15th century, this resin gives a form of protection and beauty to paintings that many contemporary oil paintings lack. When lit from the side, the surface texture shines uniquely like silver metal, an effect that can be observed on beautifully preserved Elizabethan portraiture at the British National Portrait Gallery.

Reaching for an Untouchable Strawberry
Price: £1350.00
Original for sale. Email sales@marksheeky.com to enquire.

Limited Edition Giclée Reproduction (Limited To 100)
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