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Cosmo Sarson - Poseidon And Aphrodite - Signed Brighton Pier Screenprint

Cosmo Sarson - Poseidon And Aphrodite

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Cosmo Sarson - Poseidon And Aphrodite

We've all been there.
A trip to the seaside accompanied with fish and chips on the beach.
Just when poised with chip to mouth, a winged monstrosity swoops from the heavens to claim its prize.

Things aren’t much different if you’re a Greek God either.
Here, Poseidon has taken shore leave to woo Aphrodite the Goddess of Love with a gentle stroll along the beach and to sample the local fare. Just as they're discussing the ins and outs of immortality and where the nearest hotel is, the Harpies descend upon them like a plague of locusts and ruin the moment.

I’ve been reimagining the classics in my own peculiar way for some time now and have accumulated quite a backlog of ideas and imagery. I set up photoshoots to create unique reference for all of my paintings. On this occasion I’ve turned to screen printing to make a composite image of elements taken from several of these shoots.

For this scene I’ve frozen the moment at its most dramatic and given the image the chiaroscuro lighting a baroque painting, in the manner of some of the greatest painters of the style - Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Velasquez - whose work and themes have inspired me.

This print is created from 5 separate silk screens.
Each screen has been inked with a slightly different tone, from white to black, to achieve the subtlest gradation possible, precisely registered, and hand pulled across a fine gold leaf detail of chips.

5 Layer Silk Screen printed over Gold Leaf on 60 x 80 cm Somerset Satin 330 gsm paper with hand torn edges.

Signed, stamped and numbered by the artist.

Image size : 51 x 72 cm
Paper Size: 59.5 x 84 cm
Edition: 50
Size: 60 x 80 cm