The /Xam in South Africa believed in the powers of their shamans to transcend their physical form, to change to a selected form of a buck, gazelle or a bird in trance. Other interpretations have theorized that these figures are death spirits, or an early race of peoples, but largely it is accepted that these are some form of shamanic rite. The shamans would wear masks and feathers or skin to assist them in their transformation and would dance . The pose is representative of a winged alite in a cave painting in KwaZulu Natal created over two thousand years ago. Transformative beliefs are a cornerstone of the history of winged figures in archaeology.
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This piece is Oils on Canvas painted in my signature ochre technique using layered washes and strategic removal of paint to create a wonderful three dimensional look and a strong emotional feel. Skin tones are produced using this technique with colors and glazes to enhance the emotive qualities and sketcherly aspect of the figures. The canvas is used as an element in this painting lending it’s texture to the overall work. The colors are warm, earthy and sensual with a wonderful tonal quality.
This Painting is presented on wide gallery wrapped canvas with professional hanging hardware. It is ready to hang on your wall. It is signed ‘Jennie’ on the front. All works are sent with a Certificate of Authenticity
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