Thursday, April 14, 2011

Peacock Art


Peacocks have long been a symbol of beauty in cultures all over the world. Other symbols include royalty, eternal life, and good luck. The feathers of the peacock are often compared to eyes.

Peacock feathers are so beautiful, colorful, and intricately simple. The range of colors in the feathers goes from lime green to sky blue, to deep, rich browns. The iridescent glow is just breathtaking.

Today's feature is artwork that has peacocks or peacock feathers in it. It was difficult to sort out the junk to find some peacock goodies, so I had to dive into my knowledge of art history to pull up some images pertaining to the subject.

Folk artist BF Perkins created a series of paintings called Cherokee Love Birds that feature these peacock-like birds:

Art nouveau artist Aubrey Beardsley is most famous for his drawing, The Peacock Skirt. It was originally created as an illustration to accompany Oscar Wilde's Salome. The image depicts Wilde's portrayal of Salome as a femme fatale, though the Biblical characterization of Salome really only describes her as a seductress.


Street painting artist Rod Tryon created a 3d illusion of a peacock on asphalt:


Jean Auguste Dominic Ingres' most famous (and sexist) painting is The Grande Odalisque, from 1814. This painting depicts a disproportionately elongated concubine, laying nude, holding a peacock feather fan.


I found this beautiful watercolor painting of the Hindu deity Krishna with peacocks surrounding him:


Body paint artist Emma Hack has also created a peacock painting, and yes, this is painted directly on a body. No photoshop tricks here:


You may remember Helen Dardik, a graphic designer and illustrator that I absolutely adore. This is a peacock pattern that she created:


Paul Gaugin even painted a peacock in Matamoe (1892):

& I fell in love with this digital painting by Katarina Sokolova:


Cicely Fricker was an art teacher who painted for fun. I found this beautiful abstract peacock painting that she made and I absolutely love it!


& I want to wrap it up with the folk art style paintings of Heather Galler-





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