36.000 x 48.000 inches
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Osceola The Black Drink A Warrior Of Great Distinction By John Travisano After George Catlin
Painting - Oil On Stretched Canvas
This rare and unique oil painting is a mixed media recreation of George Catlin's masterpiece which resides in the Smithsonian Museum, Washington D.C.
From the artist: "Having the desire to use precious metal leaf in an oil painting, I was fully captivated by this work of Catlin. Further inspiration came to me upon learning more about the legend of Osceola who once lived and fought in the Plantation Florida area where I reside today. I decided to magnify the "royal" countenance of the Catlin original through scale, (3' x 4') and by gilding the ceremonial garb worn by Osceola at the time of the portrait painting in 1838. What you see in gold and silver is actual 23kt gold and silver leaf. Palladium leaf was used as well. The glazing over the leafed areas has given the painting a "mystical presence" as luminous subtleties are observed under varying degrees of light." The painting was first unveiled publicly at a Seminole Indian art show sponsored by the Plantation Historical Museum. Among the attendees were renowned Florida Historian, Patricia Riles Wickman and the Mayor of Plantation.
From the acclaimed Florida Historical artist, Jackson Walker: "It's a wonderful work of art you have created. You have indeed succeeded in your desire to express a noble tribute to both parties. I appreciate your generous scale and articulate use of some unique application of mediums. Somehow this work should be the focal point of whatever space it occupies and due to the luminous quality it will posess, proper lighting would be essential."
August 1st, 2011
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