“Ver Sacrum” can be purchased as a high quality archival giclée print now at Crated.
When I originally painted this piece (as part of the “two” series in 2011), the goal was to pay hommage to art masters (such as Picasso, Matisse, Pollock, O’Keeffe) that directly influenced my work. In this particular case, the artist was Gustav Klimt. When I first started to take my art seriously, I had a book about Klimt written by Frank Whitford. This book highlighted Klimt’s life and his works, and gave me a sense of what it would be like to live as a working artist. I still have this goal in mind.
“Ver Sacrum” is latin for “sacred Spring” and was the title of the official magazine of the Vienna Secession. The Vienna Secession was an art movement formed in 1897 by a group of artists who had recently resigned from the Association of Austrian Artists, seeking to develop their own collective style. One of these artists was Klimt. Published from 1898 to 1903, Ver Sacrum featured drawings and designs in the Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) style along with literary contributions from distinguished writers from across Europe.
With my interpretation, I took elements from Klimt’s style and added aspects of my own, giving it a modern approach. I was also fortunate to get access to some gold acrylic paint which strengthened the connection to the master painter’s style.
The original piece is 16″w x 20″h (41cm x 51¾cm) on canvas, and is currently still in my possession. High quality prints are available at various sizes and prices. Discounts available to those that sign up for the email list.