Kinnari (The Joy of Dance) – 55×32 Oils on Canvas


Kinnari are found in art and religious literature throughout India and Southeast Asia. they are frequently depicted dancing or playing music and shown as part woman, part bird. I drew my inspiration for this piece from Cambodia, Burma and Thailand. She is painted with Golden wings, referencing the Garuda, but also referencing the opulence in some of the glorious statuary. The Flag of Burma has a golden humanoid Kinnari on it with wings. Kinnari may also be depicted with the lower half of a bird or swan. The golden fans Thai dancers use when depicting Kinnari and an illustration from the Lotus Sutra inspired the wing ridges.

Kinnari use their wings to move between the mystical planes and the earthly. They act similarly to muses, inspiring others with their grace and beauty in dance. often depicted as mischievous, they are always alluring and beautiful, sometimes in a guardian capacity. They are a classical feminine ideal in many ways, strong, graceful and elegant. The male counterpart is the half-horse Kinnara. An excellent musician providing music for the Kinnari.

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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

All works are shipped via Australia Post Express and Express Courier International. I will issue with a tracking number when it is shipped. all works are securely boxed and padded and ship within one week.