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GILLIAN LAHAV "Paradise in Noir"
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GILLIAN LAHAV "Paradise in Noir"


48 x 36 inches with 2.25 inches deep sides

Oil and metal leaf on panel

Featuring a giant bird of paradise, this opulent botanical painting is rich in textures and pigments, with large leaves that add drama as they sway over a golden background. Inky-black blooms add the perfect hint of moody magic.

'Paradise in Noir' and other works in this series are inspired by the mystical glow of golden hour and the lushness of wild plants and feminine flowers. This composition and its colours and textures were selected to evoke decadence, referencing curving florals in Art Nouveau, the rich warmth of Klimt's Golden Phase, and the mysticism of Pre-Raphaelite dream scenes. 

This work was crafted on a locally-made wood panel, layering oil paint and metal leaf over wandering grain to achieve an organic scene with lots of movement. 


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