« The coral reefs are the marvelous hosts of a profusion of fauna and flora, and their magnificence is revealed in a spectacular explosion of colours, oscillating between harmony and contrast. »

IMG_9147 Alcyonaire

Recto verso hanging panel

(gold leaves on mordant, ink and gouaches, on oak veneer covered with goat parchment)

Dimensions: 120 x 40 cm

The word « alcyonaire » designates a deep-sea soft coral that looks very much like a tree. I wanted its equivocal aspect to contrast sharply against the blue background of the sea. Then, I added gold in order to intensify the trunk’s undulation. The white highlights capture the light that filters through the reef.

Ref: PRV 99

© Laurent Gaignerot