My exhibition and lecture at the Egyptian Cultural Centre, Egyptian Embassy, Washington DC.
The Egyptian Ambassador introduces me to the audience.
I focussed on small area of biographical data noticing differences in style and convention and realised that to show them out of the context of the tomb was for them to lose their original meaning. Could they stand up as paintings in a modern gallery?
To recreate these paintings with as much of the characteristic delicacy as the originals as possible, I sketched in the tombs taking photographs for later reference. I endeavoured to match my palette to those of the ancient scribe using watercolour, gouache, pastel and gesso for the textural effect.
Lecture on ancient Egyptian Tomb Painting, from an Artist's Perspective.
Exhibition at Waterstreet Gallery, Saugatuck, Michigan
A LITTLE BIO
I have always been inspired by things ancient from the Tasseli rock paintings of the Sahara to the many exquisite images found in the registers of biographical data on the walls of the ancient Egyptian tombs. My paintings, recreations from the tombs as well as contemporary images have been shown in many venues in US and UK. As an artist I marvel at the line and colour of some of the original works in the tombs as well as their antiquity, beauty and fragility and felt compelled to represent them not as copies of archeological relics but as paintings.
With the Cultural Minister at the Egyptian Embassy, Washinton DC.