The FORLORN HOPE

 

Instant digital download at max H50 x 50cm 20 x 20 inch actual painting size (91 X91cm X4cm 36 X 36 Inch),  scaled down apx 50% from original painting size. It can be ordered at larger sizes on request, price may differ. See info section about your download.

 

The painting behind this image:

 

This is a very worked over mixed media drawing and painting with many layers and patterning creating a palimpsest of imagery and meanings. Intended to infer a medieval inspired warning or reminder, a gargoyle, a Medusa, a fallen angel? What dos it say to you? Positive or negative meanings?

 

I have applied Nepalese rag paper ( for it's fiber quality and resilience as well as surface texture) on the canvas surface to give a weathered look to the main shape of the butterfly wings and then then drawn and painted into it with layers of metallic, iridescent and acrylic inks and paints.

 

The surface of this work glitters and gleams with copper, silver and gold, reflecting differently in change of lighting.The skull, a Memento Mori is contained within the butterfly basically representing the feelings contained in the Forlorn Hope phrase and the myth surrounding Pandora and that elusive butterfly.

 

I have taken my own meanings from the phrase and myth and use them to open a dialogue about ideas about desperation, betting against the odds and sacrifice. I intertwine the Greek myth of Pandora's butterfly of 'Hope' flying free (?) after all the ills of the world have been set free upon the world from her the opening of the casket or urn.

 

The phrase Forlorn Hope is a band of soldiers or other combatants chosen to take the vanguard in a military operation, such as a suicidal assault through the kill zone of a defended position, where the risk of casualties is high. A forlorn hope may have been composed of volunteers and conscripted criminals, and were frequently led by ambitious junior officers with hopes of personal advancement: if the volunteers survived, and performed courageously, they would be expected to benefit in the form of promotions, cash gifts, and added glory to their name (a military tradition at least as old as the Roman Republic).

 

I have included a few mock-ups of the print framed at different sizes and in various situations. This is a digital download file, frame and print is not included.

 

Please note that all images are upheld under UK copywrite and remain property of Artist Sand Laurenson. For personal use of buyer only. No Resale, duplicating, publication, etc. without permission from Artist. All images contain traceable digimarc.

 

 

 

 

The FORLORN HOPE

£20.00Price
  • About this download

    About this digital download:

    A link to the image will be sent immediately upon payment.

    This is a large file at 300dpi which can print sharp up to H50 x W50cms H20 x W20" so will fit fine inside most standard paper sizes and frames with a border.

    Although you can print on to any paper, I recommend an archival fine art paper if you intend to use as an art print. An excellent choice would be Hahnemeuhle rag paper in a satin or vellum finish. https://www.hahnemuehle.com/en/digital-fineart.html

    Printing on paper between 200 and 300gms will work in most home printers and will give your print a firm place to fix. You can also use the image for a canvas, aluminium or other print.

    The image is set at the ratio of a generic tarot card size apx H12 x 7cm H5 x W3" and keeps this ratio up to the largest size so there will always be a border to your print which you can crop as you wish. Please see image of print with border.

    Any problems with your download or any questions....just ask via chat on webpage or email sand451@hotmail.com

    Please note that all images are upheld under UK copywrite and remain property of Artist Sand Laurenson. For personal use of buyer only. No Resale, duplicating, publication, etc. without permission from Artist. All images contain traceable digimarc.


     

     


     


     


     

     

  • Need a larger size or different aspect?

    Please contact me via contact page or chat on website if you would like a lager print size than H 48 x W28 cms H19 x W11"

    It is possible to printe very large and in different aspects etc.

    Prices will differ.

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Hastings East Sussex England United kingdom 

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