Euphaedra francina (magnificent forester), everyone knows it’s a butterfly, and yet a butterfly is missing. But against the dark, deep background, only yellow and green wings vibrate, blue flashes here and there. I made this original green butterfly artwork with the use of the highest quality pastels, resistant to light, created without haste, with admiration to the power of nature. Furthermore, it is full of nuances, colour transitions and contrasts. As a result, this large painting is devoid of movement, yet it vibrates and hypnotizes. It is a perfect artwork proposition for a living room or bedroom. Moreover, it soothes, brings reflection, allows you to focus your eyes on a beautiful gift from nature.
- Dimensions: 100 cm (width) / 100 cm (height)
- Technique: Rembrandt soft pastel + Conté à Paris fixer
- Lightfastness: no less than ** (up to 100 years according to ASTM Standard D4303)
- Paper: Fabriano Accademia 200g + custom background
Year and place of creation of original green butterfly artwork Magnificent forester:
2021 – Olsztyn, Poland
I didn’t think I’d be painting butterflies. Moreover, I thought it was such a clichéd, kitschy topic, so colorful, girlish, tender. None of these things. Certainly the variety of colors and shapes of butterfly wings is shocking, it is an endless treasure trove of inspiration. It was through this beauty that we pinned them to our walls and looked at these dead bodies without spirit. My butterflies are dead from the beginning. They lack soul, flat and still, only the colors of their wings vibrate. These lifeless, scaled jewels allow us to reflect on the beauty of the world, its diversity, and remind us of our determination to acquire beauty at any cost, at the cost of our lives.
These are not hyper-realistic images, they are only supposed to be a simulation of the beauty of nature, a bit flattened, curled and remixed, torn, decomposed. The torn out wings hang in the void of paper, but no one has died, no one has suffered the fatal blow of a pin to feed our soul. Long live the butterflies!
Cethosia nietneri, the Tamil lacewing, is a species of nymphalid butterfly found in Sri Lanka and south India. The species name is after John Nietner who obtained specimens of the butterfly from Ceylon from which it was described.