The Hermit's Cat

The Hermit's Cat (From a poem by William Park)

Acrylic on Board. 40 x 28 inches

This painting began from a poem by the same name by William Park, a poet and friend. What I responded to was the image in the poem of the hermit hearing the sounds of the lovers and the distress this caused him. So when I did the painting the two worlds, that of the flesh and that of the spirit, were presented together. In this instance the hermit comes a poor second, his head framed by a restrictive ideology or maybe he can only look but never take part in the dance. The lovers enjoy a carnal embrace which seems in harmony with natural energies. Above them the cat symbolises the power of this pagan world and one which the aspirant saint must overcome. Renunciation was never easy.

Price: £450