dIck mARTin Creative Artist
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Ceramic Sculpture Greek Panels Every panel tells a story
I draw my inspiration for these ceramic panels from Classical Greek myths and legends of Ancient Greece. I find ancient Greek vases fascinating, especially the wonderful collection in the British Museum in London. They depict fabulous stories of Gods and heroes and the incredible adventures they undergo, including Gods Demi-gods, Muses, Nymphs, Musicians, Warriors, Acrobats, Sports and scenes from family life. The stories from Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad are a particular favourite for inspiration. Drawings are made from many sources, often the ancient Greek vases in the British Museum. These drawings are given a modern and personal interpretation and are then transferred onto lino. Lino cuts are made for the main part of the design. Natural and manufactured objects are used to make further impressions and produce strong textures to complement the design. The clay panel is then fired in a kiln. Sometimes 24 carat gold leaf is used to enhance details for extra effect. The work is finally mounted in a 34cm x 44cm black frame to show it to good advantage.
Persephone Eating a Pomegranate
Persephone, daughter of Zeus and Demeter, Goddess of Agriculture, was picking flowers when Hades, God of the Underworld, abducted her. Demeter searched for Persephone, but she could only take her back to the land of the living for half the year thus leading to the changing seasons.
Circe Beckons
Siren Calling Odysseus to the Rocks 2 £110
Odysseus passed the island of the Sirens who enchanted all who come near them through their alluring singing. However Odysseus ordersed his crew to stuff their ears with beeswax and had himself tied to the mast so that he could hear the beautiful Sirens’ song but escape unharmed.
Aphrodite Sunbathing
dIck mARTin Creative Artist
Diogenes £110
Diogenes was an Ancient Greek Cynic Philosopher who believed people should be free to act naturally He lived in a barrel and saw power as useless. Happiness comes from within.
Persephone Picking Flowers
Demeter £110
Odysseus Returns £110
Odysseus finally arrived home, where at first only his old dog recognised him, and was reunited with his wife Penelope.
Zeus and Danaë
Siren Calling Odysseus to the Rocks
Siren Calling Odysseus to the Rocks 1 £110
Terpsichore, Muse of Dance £110
The Muses were the daughters of Zeus, king of gods, and Mnemosyne, goddess of memory. Each is lovely, graceful and alluring, and gifted with a particular artistic talent. They delight the gods and humans with their songs, dances, and poems and inspire human artists to greater artistic achievements.
Circe Beckons 3 £110
Odysseus also encountered the enchantress Circe during his travels. She turned his men into pigs, but kept him as her lover.