Coral Oculus Tondo

Coral Oculus Tondo

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48 in. diameter, Acrylic on canvas. 2021 ORCHID OCULUS & CORAL OCULUS TONDOS - STATEMENT Inspired by exotic, firsthand encounters while trekking amongst endangered species of flora and fauna in St. Lucia’s semi-tropical rainforests, and scuba diving amongst this Caribbean island’s marine preserves, the artist has sought to channel these vibrant experiences through a pair of companion works: Coral Oculus & Orchid Oculus tondos. Meticulously hand-painted details reference everything from a cast of endangered flowers to our blue planet’s delicate coral reef ecosystems,which presently face the catastrophic effects of coral bleaching from climate change. The foreground protagonists of both tondos are layered in response to an initial color-wash background generated by a chance process of spills, splatters, and acrylic dyes — an approach that evokes an atmospheric negative space like “visual jazz”. Endangered Amazona Versicolor parrots inhabit Orchid Oculus’ whimsical environment with their fantastical plumage, while we catch the enigmatic gaze of a Caribbean Octopus camouflaging itself in Coral Oculus. Meanwhile, specific flowers and botanicals emerge from organic entanglement — forms the artist has observed both in the wild and in his studio where he cultivates tropical plants. The central orchids — many of which face extinction in places like the Amazon — include the Oncidium ‘Sharry Baby’ and Cattleya, while Heliconias and Anemones sensuously frame our perspective through these luminous tondos.