‘Art Nouveau Panel’2012
16" x 12" including frame For Sale (without back-lighting)
I absolutely love Art Nouveau especially the flowing whiplash lines of the early period. This design is adapted from a brass jug I have which was made by J Sankey in the early 1900s. I collect anything I can afford of the period and if each piece I buy inspires me to do some new work and I sell the resulting Batik, I can buy more original Art Nouveau pieces – that’s the plan anyway!
The colours I used were a combination I had never tried before. Who would guess that bright orange on top of wedgewood blue would make a lovely rich terracotta?
I really liked the rough border where I had been testing the colours while I was working, so I decided to mount the finished original onto a white cotton background and frame it complete.
This piece is not back-lit, as it has plenty of contrast and looks really good lit from the front.