North Yorkshire Artist
PAINTING | DRAWING | PRINTMAKING
Sardanapalus: A historical tragedy in blank verse written by Lord Byron had an extensive influence on European culture. It is set in ancient Nineveh and recounts the fall of the Assyrian monarch; The final king, Sardanapalus.
SILK SCREEN PRINT
The voluptuary Sardanapalus was really not interested in the cut and thrust of kingship. He extolled the virtues of mild and merciful rule and condemned bloodshed.
"If then they hate me, 'tis because I hate not;
If they rebel, 'tis because I opress not."
SILK SCREEN DETAIL
Delacroix took inspiration from Byron's play and painted 'The Death of Sardanapalus'.
The shapes and rhythm of his painting appealed to me and spurred me to make a more thorough exploration.
I was keen to retain that sense of an asymetrical yet balanced composition and 'rich' palette