Maria Gordon is a self-taught illustrator and designer based in Madrid. Her work is inspired by European folk art, children’s illustration, and her own vivid and delicate pictorial world. In her work, if highly decorative and pleasing, each figure, fruit and flower carries a meaning or symbolism that changes and deepens the work’s meaning.
This collection of watercolours demonstrates the recurrent themes and imagery in her world of contrasts: where innocence and experience, purity and lust, flora and fauna, city and country settings, all battle while co-existing in a lyrical balance.
The Calling of the Stars is a sort of nativity scene inspired by Maria Valentina Chirico's atmospheric rendition of the Italian carol Quando nascette ninno, which translates into English as follows:
When the child was born in Bethlehem it was midnight and it seemed midday. Never stars so bright and beautiful were seen before: And the brightest of them all went to the East to call the three great Kings.
There were no enemies upon the earth, the sheep together with the lion grazed, and the goat was viewed with the leopard, playing; the bear did leap with the cow, and with the wolf at peace the little lamb.
Watercolour on 185 gr Arches paper Measurements: 21 x 27. 2 cm
£160 unframed / £178 framed
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