THE BABYLONIAN SHEPHERD painting by Nya'
Art Theory Report & Provenance
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THE BABYLONIAN SHEPHERD



Series II: Voices of the Earth

Oil, cow dung, animal hide, metal, earth, ashes, charcoal, sackcloth, chains, wooden yoke, rope on mud cloth

60 x 36 inches (152.4 x 91.44 cm)

2002

© Nya’ 2005. Courtesy of Seed Gallery, New York Photo by House of Seed Photography, New York




ARTWORK THEORY REPORT


Parchments of animal hide, sackcloth, suitcase locks, rusted chain, tin paint covers, corrugated cardboard and laminated foam boards were permanently secured to the canvas using heat and water-resistant industrial grade adhesive and multiple rope stitches. Rotting wire and shards of decomposing metal was used to sculpt the lugubrious figures arranged in very sterile and cliché manner. Crushed rocks, assorted debris and compressed foam board mixed with gypsum and latex paint comprise the bulk of the heavy texture streaming across the top and bottom parts of the canvas. Aside from synthetic hues, color was obtained from charcoal, ashes, powdered rust, soil and scouring through the surface with linseed oil and dishwashing pads to reveal the textured surface The composition is housed in a custom distressed wood frame with a tailor designed anti-reflective museum glass engineered to block UV light rays and provide UV protection, while protecting the work from damage and fading caused by UV light. The artist signature is rendered in gold at the bottom left corner of the composition.




PROVENANCE


Year of completion: 2008

Artist Private Collection: 2008 – 2010

Seed Gallery Private Collection: 2010 – To date



HISTORY OF EXHIBITIONS


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